Mass participation is better than decentralised power

Our Better Way Proposition...

Power is concentrated in the hands of too few people. More decisions should be made by larger groups of people with a shared interest or expertise in the subject, starting with those whose voices have not been heard: ‘no decisions about us without us’.

Insights about our proposition:

Centralised decisions made by groups of people in isolation from society are damaging. Read more…

Decentralised models of decision making have a number of advantages over centralised models. Read more…

There are a number of arguments for retaining centralised models of decision making. Read more…

There are a number of obstacles to overcome to achieve a model that allows for decentralised decision making. Read more…     

Despite the difficulties, alternative models of decision making which encourage greater citizen participation are gaining traction. Read more…

There are some unintended consequences of localised decision making processes. Read more…

Small-scale localised decision making initiatives have been occurring in the UK. Read more…

Many participatory budgeting initiatives in the UK have been criticised for being piecemeal and marginal. Read more…

Much larger scale localised decision making processes have been occurring internationally. Read more…

We want to generate more insights and examples about our propositions. Do please get in touch with any thoughts or additions.

SHAKING THINGS UP A BIT: SOME DISCUSSION POINTS FOR A BETTER WAY

 ·        What is the appropriate balance between centralised and localised decision-making?

·        What are the barriers to more widespread localised decision making processes?

·        How can decentralised decision making ensure the inclusion of all groups across the community?

 Do you have views on these questions – or are there other questions we should be asking?