An Explanation of MagnaSocia
Your Online, Realtime, Participatory Democracy
AT MagnaSocia we have the ambitious plan of forming a new system of governance for the UK, a system that is designed to concentrate more progressive thinking towards societal problems, one that has an underlying ethical foundation that is constitutionalised, one that is steered by the consensus of the people and ultimately needs their vote, as the highest authority, to bring in new legislation.
We are too attached to our outdated and outmoded 19th century Parliamentary Representative model and it is proving to be no longer fit for purpose or representative of the people more than it is representative of the interests of big business. There has to be a change, a rapid change but not a radical one, a change that effortlessly drives us into the 21st century but one that is rooted in our understanding of political and social life in the context of the human journey, societal moral development and scientific progress that efficiently delivers well-being to all people in society right across the demographic spectrum.
We believe we have the optimum design for fully participatory Constitutional Direct Democracy but we are open to criticism and suggestions for improvement. In any case we think we have something that is a huge improvement to our current system. We need your help though. We need the participating specialists to step forward with their knowledge and knowhow. We need the general public to have their say and dive into the debate. This is a chance to test run a better way forward and if it starts to provide a better alternative then it may be time to consider letting go of the obsolete model we are currently hanging on to. Only time will tell.
We are not revolutionaries or anarchists. We are not asking to bring down our current system and all the stability we know and love. We are merely asking that we develop as a nation and evolve our system of democracy to benefit all. We are genuinely trying to bring an improvement to people in society. We simply want to try out newer ideas, prove their worth and then make the transition to this democratic upgrade.
We are currently in our 'design phase'. We'd like you to have a look around a make suggestions and criticisms. We won't be offended and take your criticisms to heart. We would rather get things right at the start and be challenged. We are looking forward and working towards our 'sign up' stage once the design phase has achieved a certain level and then we would go on to a 'road test' stage where we can make the necessary tweaks and improvements. I hope you are as excited as we are by this venture.
Please get involved. We are looking for funding, for good communicators, good designers and for programmers who can contribute some of their time on solving specific problems. At some point we will need your help again to get everyone to sign up to use the system and start having their say in the debates and their consensus measured. In the meantime, welcome to the future of politics. Welcome to MagnaSocia.
Why it's necessary
A system no longer fit for purpose
We need to consider the design of what we currently have in place and what it is there to achieve before we go on to attempt to build its replacement.
Our Parliamentary institution must also be acknowledged as one of the better systems the world has to currently offer. There is, however, no reason to set the bar so low as to presume it cannot be improved, what with all the intellect and tools we have available to us here in the 21st century.
An Explanation of MagnaSocia
This is where the dream starts. The platform would need to be designed properly in the first place to allow its unfolding as suggested in the next two phases. This design phase also breaks down into sub categories:
a) Puposeful Design - It has to achieve being all
that such a system can be to its soceital need.
It has to be able to perform its tasks and
show its potential value to people in society.
To this end there has to be a continual debate
as to why it is designed the way it is, can it be made more user friendly, could it be
corrupted, would it encourage the wrong
kind of use and abuse etc.
b) Structural Design - It requires a team of
dedicated programmers who are working
together on the overal structure while each
focussing on their own part of its functions. It
must have a mainframe powerful enough to
take the potential usage and to withstand
cyber attack and corruption. Each of the
functions must serve their purpose, be user
friendly and contribute to the whole.
c) Funding - The projects requires funding for
the costs, to subsidise the time of the people
putting their hours and expertise in and then
to start getting the word out there. It could be
funded by crowd source alone if enough
could envision what the end outcome could
be but it may require work to get to that
point of convincing people. It could be funded
by philanthropists with an ambition to see
something of this kind being used in
society but then it must not be hijacked by
the influence of the funders as such. Some
have suggested that it could also be funded
as a commercial interest where there might
return on investment from income but it is
difficult to see how this can happen without
the accusation of corruption or that it is only
a means of making money. It may taint the
project at some point if people come out with
a profit but this is open to debate. There has
also been suggestino that it might be funded
by some kind of government or NGO scheme
but again this may taint people perception of
the platform truly being of the people for the
for the people so-to-speak.
d) Visual Design - It must be designed to make
sense to its users. Every function button and feature must clearly show what it is there to
do and the overal look of the site must not
put people off using it for any reason. It
must in fact attract people to using it and
its features and functions must appear self
evident. It must be a pleasure to use.
e) Communicators - At every point the project
project needs successful communicators in
order to put the points across to allow ideas
to flow and be represented. It would
require communictaions for the team involved in construction as much as it would
reaching across to associated parties to
bring them in and then ultimately to the
general public directly and through press
If you feel that you can bring something to the table in this project then we would be so grateful to hear from you. Please contact us directly.
There are three main areas of Sign-Up:
a) The Rationalisors - 12 groups of Universities
who are required to chair the Twelve Tables
b) The MetaMeritocracy - 432 subject specialists
comprising of published authors, campaigners
activists within credible organisations, work
based specialists, leading academics etc.
c) The General Public - All registered UK voters
bonafide by their place on the electoral
The first group would have to be in place before the second group and the second in place before the third.
The Rationalisors would be responsible for inviting The MetaMeritocracy to the seats of the Twelve Table Issue centres that they have the chair of. Once settled and knowing of the tools at their disposal all parties, The Rationalisors, The MetaMeriocracy and the MagnaSocia in-house team would then be responsible for invoting The Genral Public onto the MagnaSocia platform.
It goes without saying then that The Rationalisors would have to be sufficiently impressed by the overall design of MagnaSocia and its worthiness within the UK political system and would need to share the vision of all that it could be for British society and its potential effect on the world.
The MetaMeritocracy would also have to see the merit of using such a platform and its tools to have their outlet to reach the wider public with their knowledge, their views on improvement and their potential influence on the outcome.
In turn The Genral Public would have to see the worthiness in participating in the project as a whole, the very thing that could shape the society we all live in. It would also have to be user friendly and satisfy a social need in realtime.
Road Test Phase
The Road Test Phase is simply to put things into motion, see how people use it, see if there are corrupting or corruptible mechanisms that can be altered or challenged. There are several functions to MagnaSocia and any one of them may start to be more important to people than the others, taking up more traffic volume etc. and so the platform as a whole must adapt where it can and grow into new directions without loosing sight of the overall main aim to provide as good as democratic system as we can possibly have, one that is completely intellectualised to come up with the most intelligent ideas and designs for society, one that does not sway to momentary sentiment but is rationalised in its approach to new legislation and ultimately one that is completely democratised.