The Citizen lobby; a 23 min summary of Democracy 3.0

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Published on April 3, 2014

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Why and How the Electorate Should Influence Politicians in Daily Policymaking - Not Only on Election Day

The Citizen Lobby From Capacity to Influence By Leif Thomas Olsen; leif_thomas_olsen@yahoo.com

The Citizen Lobby A twenty-three minutes summary of research findings and conclusions

The Citizen Lobby What? • A new and presumably legalized-to-be institution, aimed at: • Calling on the General Public to engage in policy- making • Formulating public views, using the same mecha- nisms as the elected Parliament is using • Passing formulated views to the elected Parliament • Allowing elected PMs to consider the views formu- lated by the Citizen Lobby - but still make, and take responsibility for, ensuing decisions

The Citizen Lobby Why? • Representative Democracy is out of step with today’s web-driven society • The General Public is nowadays capable of under- standing and engaging in policy-matters • The web provides ample opportunities to express and exchange views • But policy requires not only views - it requires deliberation, calibration and compromise • The Citizen Lobby is a forum for the General Public’s policy deliberation, calibration and compromise

The Citizen Lobby Who? Using Jürgen Habermas’ definition of the Public Sphere: Private Intimate realm = Family & Social Life Private Economic realm = Financial & Intellectual Capital Public Economic realm = Corporations & Institutions Public Intimate realm = Media

The Citizen Lobby When? The past (in some areas still current) = the Corporate Era The current (in some areas still to come) = the Media Era The future (as referenced in our research) = the P2P Era (peer-to-peer)

The Citizen Lobby How? What do our research-findings say about these four different players’ evolving roles; • in the Past / Corporate Era? • in the Present / Media Era? • in the Future / P2P Era? The following summary is based on the ’Cultural Formula’

The Public Sphere Scenario time-line Traditionally Medium Term Long Term (The Corporate Era) (The Media Era) (The P2P Era) The Social Level + Values: Core value-platform for the collective described. Values differ from prefe- rences, opinions, etc, by being permeating and stable over long periods + Environment: The overall setting, con- ditions and restrictions within which the descri- bed collective typically lives and operates = Application: How the above values are typically applied in the above environment

The Public Sphere Scenario time-line - Private Intimate realm Traditionally Medium Term Long Term (The Corporate Era) (The Media Era) (The P2P Era) The Social Level + Values: Core value-platform for the collective described. Values differ from prefe- rences, opinions, etc, by being permeating and stable over long periods Socio-cultural, where one’s local community set the standards and deviations are modest + Environment: The overall setting, con- ditions and restrictions within which the descri- bed collective typically lives and operates Low impact, where elites master the processes and the general public follows = Application: How the above values are typically applied in the above environment Re-active, i.e. wait to be asked

The Public Sphere Scenario time-line - Private Intimate realm Traditionally Medium Term Long Term (The Corporate Era) (The Media Era) (The P2P Era) The Social Level + Values: Core value-platform for the collective described. Values differ from prefe- rences, opinions, etc, by being permeating and stable over long periods Socio-cultural, where one’s local community set the standards and deviations are modest Meta-local, where one’s peers, both inside and outside one’s local com- munity, are key value-drivers + Environment: The overall setting, con- ditions and restrictions within which the descri- bed collective typically lives and operates Low impact, where elites master the processes and the general public follows Medium impact, where grp-efforts to influence can pay off if smart or well-coordinated = Application: How the above values are typically applied in the above environment Re-active, i.e. wait to be asked Active, i.e. look for opportunities

The Public Sphere Scenario time-line - Private Intimate realm Traditionally Medium Term Long Term (The Corporate Era) (The Media Era) (The P2P Era) The Social Level + Values: Core value-platform for the collective described. Values differ from prefe- rences, opinions, etc, by being permeating and stable over long periods Socio-cultural, where one’s local community set the standards and deviations are modest Meta-local, where one’s peers, both inside and outside one’s local com- munity, are key value-drivers Glocal, where local, meta-local and global influ- ences meet in an on-going process of value-exchange + Environment: The overall setting, con- ditions and restrictions within which the descri- bed collective typically lives and operates Low impact, where elites master the processes and the general public follows Medium impact, where grp-efforts to influence can pay off if smart or well-coordinated High impact, where the general public drives the processes - imple- mented by elites = Application: How the above values are typically applied in the above environment Re-active, i.e. wait to be asked Active, i.e. look for opportunities Pro-active, i.e. keep the initiative

The Public Sphere Scenario time-line - Private Intimate realm Traditionally Medium Term Long Term (The Corporate Era) (The Media Era) (The P2P Era) The Empirical Level Application: How the above values are typically applied in the above environment Re-active, i.e. wait to be asked Active, i.e. look for opportunities Pro-active, i.e. keep the initiative + Experience: Collective experiences underpinning our views, concerns and general positions in the debate = Premise: The overarching assumption for response & action

The Public Sphere Scenario time-line - Private Intimate realm Traditionally Medium Term Long Term (The Corporate Era) (The Media Era) (The P2P Era) The Empirical Level Application: How the above values are typically applied in the above environment Re-active, i.e. wait to be asked Active, i.e. look for opportunities Pro-active, i.e. keep the initiative + Experience: Collective experiences underpinning our views, concerns and general positions in the debate Opinion-based, where coordinated info-flows feed people with ‘what to think’ = Premise: The overarching assumption for response & action I cannot, why I will await advice

The Public Sphere Scenario time-line - Private Intimate realm Traditionally Medium Term Long Term (The Corporate Era) (The Media Era) (The P2P Era) The Empirical Level Application: How the above values are typically applied in the above environment Re-active, i.e. wait to be asked Active, i.e. look for opportunities Pro-active, i.e. keep the initiative + Experience: Collective experiences underpinning our views, concerns and general positions in the debate Opinion-based, where coordinated info-flows feed people with ‘what to think’ Sharing-based, where self-made info-flows com- pete w externally coordinated ones = Premise: The overarching assumption for response & action I cannot, why I will await advice I can, why I will compare options

The Public Sphere Scenario time-line - Private Intimate realm Traditionally Medium Term Long Term (The Corporate Era) (The Media Era) (The P2P Era) The Empirical Level Application: How the above values are typically applied in the above environment Re-active, i.e. wait to be asked Active, i.e. look for opportunities Pro-active, i.e. keep the initiative + Experience: Collective experiences underpinning our views, concerns and general positions in the debate Opinion-based, where coordinated info-flows feed people with ‘what to think’ Sharing-based, where self-made info-flows com- pete w externally coordinated ones Intention-based, where info-search replaces info-feed as main ‘flow’ to build experience = Premise: The overarching assumption for response & action I cannot, why I will await advice I can, why I will compare options I will, why I must act responsibly

The Public Sphere Scenario time-line - Private Intimate realm Traditionally Medium Term Long Term (The Corporate Era) (The Media Era) (The P2P Era) The Logical Level Premise: The overarching assumption for response & action I cannot, why I will await advice I can, why I will compare options I will, why I must act responsibly + Observation: Policy-making trends we can observe and build on = Conclusion: How will I respond to this observation, given the premise noted above

The Public Sphere Scenario time-line - Private Intimate realm Traditionally Medium Term Long Term (The Corporate Era) (The Media Era) (The P2P Era) The Logical Level Premise: The overarching assumption for response & action I cannot, why I will await advice I can, why I will compare options I will, why I must act responsibly + Observation: Policy-making trends we can observe and build on Policy is made by politicians = Conclusion: How will I respond to this observation, given the premise noted above I will not engage, since there is no reward in sight

The Public Sphere Scenario time-line - Private Intimate realm Traditionally Medium Term Long Term (The Corporate Era) (The Media Era) (The P2P Era) The Logical Level Premise: The overarching assumption for response & action I cannot, why I will await advice I can, why I will compare options I will, why I must act responsibly + Observation: Policy-making trends we can observe and build on Policy is made by politicians Policy can be influenced by us = Conclusion: How will I respond to this observation, given the premise noted above I will not engage, since there is no reward in sight I may engage, if overall priorities permit the effort

The Public Sphere Scenario time-line - Private Intimate realm Traditionally Medium Term Long Term (The Corporate Era) (The Media Era) (The P2P Era) The Logical Level Premise: The overarching assumption for response & action I cannot, why I will await advice I can, why I will compare options I will, why I must act responsibly + Observation: Policy-making trends we can observe and build on Policy is made by politicians Policy can be influenced by us Policy can be made for us = Conclusion: How will I respond to this observation, given the premise noted above I will not engage, since there is no reward in sight I may engage, if overall priorities permit the effort I will engage, as it concerns me and my ‘near & dear’

The Public Sphere Scenario time-line - Private Intimate realm Traditionally Medium Term Long Term (The Corporate Era) (The Media Era) (The P2P Era) The Action Level Conclusion: How will I respond to this observation, given the premise noted above I will not engage, since there is no reward in sight I may engage, if overall priorities permit the effort I will engage, as it concerns me and my ‘near & dear’ + Resources: What type of digital tools can I use if am to taking action + Resolve: The type of effort needed = Behaviour; My role in policy-making

The Public Sphere Scenario time-line - Private Intimate realm Traditionally Medium Term Long Term (The Corporate Era) (The Media Era) (The P2P Era) The Action Level Conclusion: How will I respond to this observation, given the premise noted above I will not engage, since there is no reward in sight I may engage, if overall priorities permit the effort I will engage, as it concerns me and my ‘near & dear’ + Resources: What type of digital tools can I use if am to taking action Portals, driven by its originators + Resolve: The type of effort needed Con-/Pro-sumer = Behaviour; My role in policy-making Electorate

The Public Sphere Scenario time-line - Private Intimate realm Traditionally Medium Term Long Term (The Corporate Era) (The Media Era) (The P2P Era) The Action Level Conclusion: How will I respond to this observation, given the premise noted above I will not engage, since there is no reward in sight I may engage, if overall priorities permit the effort I will engage, as it concerns me and my ‘near & dear’ + Resources: What type of digital tools can I use if am to taking action Portals, driven by its originators Platforms, driven by its users + Resolve: The type of effort needed Con-/Pro-sumer Pro-sumer/User = Behaviour; My role in policy-making Electorate Electorate + www

The Public Sphere Scenario time-line - Private Intimate realm Traditionally Medium Term Long Term (The Corporate Era) (The Media Era) (The P2P Era) The Action Level Conclusion: How will I respond to this observation, given the premise noted above I will not engage, since there is no reward in sight I may engage, if overall priorities permit the effort I will engage, as it concerns me and my ‘near & dear’ + Resources: What type of digital tools can I use if am to taking action Portals, driven by its originators Platforms, driven by its users Protocols, driven by (hidden) code + Resolve: The type of effort needed Con-/Pro-sumer Pro-sumer/User User/Prod-user = Behaviour; My role in policy-making Electorate Electorate + www Electorate + lobby

The Public Sphere Scenario time-line Traditionally Medium Term Long Term (The Corporate Era) (The Media Era) (The P2P Era) Summary of Levels Values: Core value-platform for the collective described Application: How the above values are typically applied in the above environment Conclusion: How will I respond to this observation, given the prevailing premises = Behaviour; My role in policy-making

The Public Sphere Scenario time-line - Private Economic realm Traditionally Medium Term Long Term (The Corporate Era) (The Media Era) (The P2P Era) Summary of Levels Values: Core value-platform for the collective described Return on Investment (RoI) - whether in terms of intellect, time or money Application: How the above values are typically applied in the above environment Strategic; means to an end Conclusion: How will I respond to this observation, given the prevailing premises I will use my power, since there is reward in sight = Behaviour; My role in policy-making Petitioner

The Public Sphere Scenario time-line - Private Economic realm Traditionally Medium Term Long Term (The Corporate Era) (The Media Era) (The P2P Era) Summary of Levels Values: Core value-platform for the collective described Return on Investment (RoI) - whether in terms of intellect, time or money Recognition; fame & exposure - whether imme- diately rewarded in money or not Application: How the above values are typically applied in the above environment Strategic; means to an end Pro-active; coached reality Conclusion: How will I respond to this observation, given the prevailing premises I will use my power, since there is reward in sight I will back the power that may benefit me more = Behaviour; My role in policy-making Petitioner Spokes-person

The Public Sphere Scenario time-line - Private Economic realm Traditionally Medium Term Long Term (The Corporate Era) (The Media Era) (The P2P Era) Summary of Levels Values: Core value-platform for the collective described Return on Investment (RoI) - whether in terms of intellect, time or money Recognition; fame & exposure - whether imme- diately rewarded in money or not Positioning; core / centre / peripheral - whether imme- diately rewarded in money or not Application: How the above values are typically applied in the above environment Strategic; means to an end Pro-active; coached reality Re-active; responsive reality Conclusion: How will I respond to this observation, given the prevailing premises I will use my power, since there is reward in sight I will back the power that may benefit me more I will help broker power - but keep ‘all doors open’ = Behaviour; My role in policy-making Petitioner Spokes-person King-maker

The Public Sphere Scenario time-line - Public Economic realm Traditionally Medium Term Long Term (The Corporate Era) (The Media Era) (The P2P Era) Summary of Levels Values: Core value-platform for the collective described Application: How the above values are typically applied in the above environment Conclusion: How will I respond to this observation, given the prevailing premises the premise noted above= Behaviour; My role in policy-making

The Public Sphere Scenario time-line - Public Economic realm Traditionally Medium Term Long Term (The Corporate Era) (The Media Era) (The P2P Era) Summary of Levels Values: Core value-platform for the collective described Organisational, where mission & vision shapes a corporate culture Application: How the above values are typically applied in the above environment Strategic, targeting market-shares & margins Conclusion: How will I respond to this observation, given the prevailing premises We engage if we need to prevail = Behaviour; My role in policy-making Institut’l Lobby

The Public Sphere Scenario time-line - Public Economic realm Traditionally Medium Term Long Term (The Corporate Era) (The Media Era) (The P2P Era) Summary of Levels Values: Core value-platform for the collective described Organisational, where mission & vision shapes a corporate culture Global, where ‘trends’ make us accept a leader vs follower platform Application: How the above values are typically applied in the above environment Strategic, targeting market-shares & margins Pro-active, targeting cus- tomer loyalty Conclusion: How will I respond to this observation, given the prevailing premises We engage if we need to prevail We engage to gain influence = Behaviour; My role in policy-making Institut’l Lobby Corporate Citizen + Institut’l Lobby

The Public Sphere Scenario time-line - Public Economic realm Traditionally Medium Term Long Term (The Corporate Era) (The Media Era) (The P2P Era) Summary of Levels Values: Core value-platform for the collective described Organisational, where mission & vision shapes a corporate culture Global, where ‘trends’ make us accept a leader vs follower platform Glocal, where local, meta-local and global values mix and co-exist Application: How the above values are typically applied in the above environment Strategic, targeting market-shares & margins Pro-active, targeting cus- tomer loyalty Flexible, targeting what is politically correct Conclusion: How will I respond to this observation, given the prevailing premises We engage if we need to prevail We engage to gain influence We engage not to be left behind = Behaviour; My role in policy-making Institut’l Lobby Corporate Citizen + Institut’l Lobby Queen Maker

The Public Sphere Scenario time-line - Public Intimate realm Traditionally Medium Term Long Term (The Corporate Era) (The Media Era) (The P2P Era) Summary of Levels Values: Core value-platform for the collective described Application: How the above values are typically applied in the above environment Conclusion: How will I respond to this observation, given the prevailing premises = Behaviour; My role in policy-making

The Public Sphere Scenario time-line - Public Intimate realm Traditionally Medium Term Long Term (The Corporate Era) (The Media Era) (The P2P Era) Summary of Levels Values: Core value-platform for the collective described Truth, both in terms of assuming there is a ‘truth’, and that it is what is being offered Application: How the above values are typically applied in the above environment Analytic; quality beats quantity Conclusion: How will I respond to this observation, given the prevailing premises We can culturally manipulate both people and policy = Behaviour; My role in policy-making King Maker

The Public Sphere Scenario time-line - Public Intimate realm Traditionally Medium Term Long Term (The Corporate Era) (The Media Era) (The P2P Era) Summary of Levels Values: Core value-platform for the collective described Truth, both in terms of assuming there is a ‘truth’, and that it is what is being offered News, assuming the truth is what can be observed, and that this must be offered Application: How the above values are typically applied in the above environment Analytic; quality beats quantity Content; quantity beats quality Conclusion: How will I respond to this observation, given the prevailing premises We can culturally manipulate both people and policy We must defend our control over cultural power = Behaviour; My role in policy-making King Maker Lobby Channel

The Public Sphere Scenario time-line - Public Intimate realm Traditionally Medium Term Long Term (The Corporate Era) (The Media Era) (The P2P Era) Summary of Levels Values: Core value-platform for the collective described Truth, both in terms of assuming there is a ‘truth’, and that it is what is being offered News, assuming the truth is what can be observed, and that this must be offered Events, assuming the truth is what people make out of what they are being offered Application: How the above values are typically applied in the above environment Analytic; quality beats quantity Content; quantity beats quality Context; presence beats quality Conclusion: How will I respond to this observation, given the prevailing premises We can culturally manipulate both people and policy We must defend our control over cultural power We must secure a stake in cultural power influences = Behaviour; My role in policy-making King Maker Lobby Channel Broker

The Public Sphere Scenario time-line Behaviour; Traditionally Medium Term Long Term My role in policy-making (The Corporate Era) (The Media Era) (The P2P Era) - Private Intimate realm - Private Economic realm - Public Economic realm - Public Intimate realm

The Public Sphere Scenario time-line Behaviour; Traditionally Medium Term Long Term My role in policy-making (The Corporate Era) (The Media Era) (The P2P Era) - Private Intimate realm Electorate - Private Economic realm Petitioner - Public Economic realm Institut’l Lobby - Public Intimate realm King Maker

The Public Sphere Scenario time-line Behaviour; Traditionally Medium Term Long Term My role in policy-making (The Corporate Era) (The Media Era) (The P2P Era) - Private Intimate realm Electorate Electorate + www - Private Economic realm Petitioner Spokes-person - Public Economic realm Institut’l Lobby Corporate Citizen + Institut’l Lobby - Public Intimate realm King Maker Lobby Channel

The Public Sphere Scenario time-line Behaviour; Traditionally Medium Term Long Term My role in policy-making (The Corporate Era) (The Media Era) (The P2P Era) - Private Intimate realm Electorate Electorate + www Electorate + lobby - Private Economic realm Petitioner Spokes-person King-maker - Public Economic realm Institut’l Lobby Corporate Citizen + Institut’l Lobby Queen Maker - Public Intimate realm King Maker Lobby Channel Broker

The Citizen Lobby • 10 - 100.000 randomly selected members of the general public, per batch, for 1 plus 4 weeks (total number per batch depends on overall population) • Organised in 10-15 themes / subject areas (equalling each country’s number of ministries) • With 50 - 100 batch-members rotating through each working group • Distributed across 10 - 50 geographical hubs (depend- ing on the number of qualified / selected universities) • Adding up to a monthly rotating collective of approx. 0.25% of the total electorate

The Citizen Lobby Week 1: Training and Preparation (on-line) • Two days on Citizen Lobby-participation/-techniques • Two days on the chosen theme / subject area (equalling that of an actual ministry ) • One day of interaction with outgoing Citizen Lobby- members (equalling the last day for previous batch)

The Citizen Lobby Week 2-5: Active Service (Mondays – Fridays) • Day 1; Joint Session for new batch at geographical hub (university / equivalent) • Day 2 - 24; On-line from home (or at geographical hub when individually preferred) • Day 25; Relay Day; joint / final session at geographical hub (university / equivalent)

The Citizen Lobby Tasks include: • Log on to the software platform and learn which debates are on-going in the chosen subject area • Review documentation available from Parliament • Review Parliamentary Members’ blogs • Review documentation from the Internal Database, re on-going / previous debates • Review how other geographical hubs, also debating one’s own selected topics, argue

The Citizen Lobby Further tasks include: • Once familiar with the topic, identify the key arguments and concerns to which you wish to contribute • Study other’s already posted input before submitting your own • Check for support or criticism of your own input, while following the debate at large • Amend or defend your stated view when appropriate

The Citizen Lobby Finally, tasks include: • Help formulate one, or several alternative, collective final standpoint/s for your batch, starting this process at least one week before the listed date for voting • Participate in the vote (digitally with either real ID or pseudonym, or by ballot) on the listed issue, on the date given

The Citizen Lobby But what about the costs? • As the Citizen Lobby is meant to be mandatory, it also needs to be a tax-funded activity. • An estimate of the running costs for a Citizen Lobby, following the above outlines, equals around 0.5% of a European country’s national budget. • This suggests that the cost cannot be viewed as an obstacle, neither by the State nor by the participant.

The Citizen Lobby If you want to know more about the Citizen Lobby, or about the research underpinning it, please read the full report: “The Citizen Lobby: From Capacity to Influence” Leif Thomas Olsen / Grundversorgung 2.0 / CDC / Leuphana University / leif_thomas_olsen@yahoo.com

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