Last night, I met more interesting people that I normally meet in a month at a New Statesman event called Politics and New Media - Where Next?
A few things came up that I'm going to return to in subsequent posts, but before I do that, here's a declaration of interest.
I work on an e-democracy project called Councillor.info. It was largely my idea, and a part of my job and the success of the company that I co-own (it's a smallish co-op) is dependent on it.
I have referred to it a few times on this blog before, but each time, I've partly wished I hadn't because a commercial interest can often reduce the perceived value of any post.
But I'm going to start adding more to this blog about how new technology is likely to change the way the public interact with The Man, and this will include stuff I've learned while working on this project. I want this project to succeed because I think it's a good one, and the posts will reflect that. But the views expressed will be mine alone.
I'll blog about it because I'm interested in it, and anyone who knows me will know that I'd say all of this stuff anyway, even if I didn't have a commercial interest in it.
The reason I've a monomaniacal obsession with representative democracy isn't because I'm working on this project. It's the other way around. I came up with the idea because I thought that the people who we vote for have been the spectre at the lavish feast of e-government, and I wanted to put that right.
So. More on the New Statesman event when I get time. More on Jo Twist's ideas about how gaming will offer new opportunities for people to interact and organise themselves for material ends.
(update 3.2.06: There's a good account of Jo's talk here)
More about the 'They Work For You' project that I had an argument with a few people about (and something that I probably have to do some bridge-building on as a result).
But I'll leave you with a quote from my old mate Bill Thompson*.
"Direct Democrats are worse than the Nazis** - at least with Fascism, you know who's in charge."
* Very nice bloke. But he's needed a haircut for as long as I've known him
**See Godwin's Law - NTaH ibid