We are all members of communities. Usually many. Our family; our neighbourhood; our workplace or school; religious or cultural community; sports, social or book club...even a regular potluck dinner between friends.
We participate in communities which we choose to be part of, and feel comfortable in, where we can discuss politics and practice democracy together with people we can trust.
That's where Democracy From Below starts.
It must be designed with certain principles in mind to keep it truly democratic: Elected representatives must not benefit personally from the position, and they should be immediately recallable by those who elected them. Otherwise, there are opportunities for corruption. The decision making system must be transparent and accessible to all. Otherwise people won’t trust their elected officials, as is often the case now.
Our political voice counts in any community organization that we are a part of on a regular basis. In our community we can feel free to voice our opinion, participate in debate, and vote on the issues that matter to us. Together with our community, we'll choose representatives to a local Citizens' Assembly. Everywhere around the world these truly democratic local governments will elect regional and then national governments representing all the people of the world. This mechanism will allow all of humanity to function as one community. Many union federations function democratically this way already.
We will create a Global Citizens' Assembly. Similar to the United Nations but democratically controlled by all of humanity together.
As we grow this democratic community, we will gradually have influence over, and eventually be able to replace the current political systems (democratic or not) all around the world.
As individuals, we can participate democratically in any or several of these types of communities and elect representatives to a Local Citizens' Assembly:
Each Local Citizens' Assembly will send representatives to a Regional Citizens' Assembly:
Each Regional Citizens' Assembly will send representatives to a National Citizens' Assembly:
Each National Citizens' Assembly will send representatives to a Global Citizens' Assembly:
So, how do we build it?
We begin by building a democratic web platform cooperative together. A digital community centre for the world. We have to use our real names - as we're known in our communities. This is how we can avoid any fake accounts and anti-social behaviours that are common on other social media platforms where people can remain anonymous, and don't have to answer to their community for their actions.
We will have to decide together what the standards of behaviour will be and make those expectations clear to all members. This project will require volunteers for every imaginable task: designing, programming, translating, fundraising...and so much more.