This sounds great! Maybe we need to be building a (big?) test bed for trying out deliberative platforms? I’m wondering how my thought experiment / proposal fits in with this work: http://interactions.acm.org/archive/view/may-june-2013/creating-the-world-citizen-parliament
Hi Douglas, love the enthusiasm! I’d love to discuss further - but as a veteran of UN conferences, I’m just hesitant about the ability of the world’s (human) ‘citizens’ to come together in meaningful deliberative processes. In particular, I remember the World Conference Against Racism, which took place shortly before 9-11, where the US played the part of universal villain (on issues such as reparations for slavery, Palestinian sovereignty etc). This was, of course, a gathering of both government delegates and activists, I was there as a journalist. And I found that the difficulties of translating context even among people who were overwhelmingly well-educated, articulate and well-meaning, was overwhelming, and to me overshadowed a lot of the achievements. I wonder how we would be able, for example, to facilitate a discussion on (say) COVID-19 between a woman from Kerala and an urbanite from Shanghai; a farmer from Rwanda and a teacher from the UK. Language would be a small problem compared to the other issues of contextualisation…. I think it’s possible to conduct these sorts of assemblies on a larger-than-national scale (say EU, Latin America, SouthEast Asia, South Asia etc), but I’m just not sure that a global citizens’ parliament is possible.