Key Messages

We, the citizens ourselves, need to take constructive action to ensure the optimal performance of our democratic policy making systems.

• Many people in democratic countries are not content with their governments.

The People Controlling Democracy Single Slide

• Governments fail in their eyes in many respects: They fail to create jobs, to reduce poverty, to create ethnic or racial equality, to ensure personal safety and peace, to protect the environment, to provide adequate health care, adequate care for the elderly etc. Often government shortcomings and government failures are confirmed in objective analyses or inquiries.

• At the same time our world of seven billion people, growing to nine billion, is enormously complex. What happens in our nations is in many ways connected to other political issues in our societies and to developments across the world.

• Just as only the best tools suffice to handle the most difficult technical problems, only the most effective democratic policy making systems will be capable to solve – in as much as this is at all possible – the complex problems of our countries and of the world.

• In order to achieve our goals, in order to generate and maintain well-being and to protect the world for future generations we need to establish the very best, the most effective democratic policy making systems conceivable.

• The problem is that we, the people, always look to our governments and our politicians to solve our policy problems.

• But if a machine is not well designed, a machine operator’s work will not be satisfactory. Accordingly the work of our politicians cannot be satisfactory, if our policy making system are not designed effectively, or vice versa, if our politicians do not have the required qualifications for their work.

• If we want our policy making systems to deliver the best results conceivable for our complex world, we need to change our thinking.

• We have to realize that protests by themselves will not enhance the performance of our democratic policy making systems substantially and certainly not on the long run.

• We rather need to become aware that in a democracy, we, the people, govern. This ensures our freedom, but also entails an obligation: We ourselves are responsible to take constructive action in order to ensure that the democratic systems we create to govern our nations and the world function optimally.

• How to do this? What kind of action is necessary?

First: In order to design and establish “optimal democratic policy making systems” we, the people, rather need optimal know-how on establishing effective democratic policy making systems. The first concrete step required to ensure our democratic policy making systems work optimally is to establish a “Civil Society Know-How Institute on Democracy” in our nations in charge of identifying and designing optimal democratic policy making systems.

Second: We, the people, need to stand behind and support the work of our Know-How Institute. We need to ensure the concepts for an optimal policy making system developed by the Institute are discussed, approved, and implemented.

• Generally, we, the people, need to recognize that no systems works effectively without effective control, no power plant, no manufacturing company, and no democracy.

• We as citizens need to establish effective control over our democratic policy making systems. We need to form a new power in the state, a Citizens’ Association ensuring that our democratic policy making systems work as effectively as only possible for the benefit of all people in our nations and for the joint maintenance of the globe.

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