Big Democracy

Big Democracy


[Narrator]: People’s participation in our democracy
is hindered by unequal access and structures that are hard to navigate. In Big Democracy, the public sets the agenda,
society designs solutions for those most in need, and institutions are directly accountable
to the public. [Staff]: Mayor, welcome to office. What would you like
to do first? [Mayor]: We have to let people know that their participation
will change the outcome of issues that matter. [Staff]: That would be messy. People don’t really
know what they want. That’s why they elected us. [Mayor]: People know exactly what they want, and have
great ideas to solve problems. The challenge is how to get people talking WITH each other
instead of AT each other. [Person 1]: Wow, for the first time, I actually feel hopeful
about the future. [Person 2]: I don’t know. We’ve still got a long way
to go. Will she really be accountable? [Person 1]: Not without us she won’t. That’s why I’m
going to stay involved in setting the agenda for this city, even though it’s challenging. Besides, I met a bunch of new people, and learned what they care about. [Person 2]: It’s cool that ideas from people in
our neighborhood made it to the mayor. [Narrator]: The truth is that it’s not easy to solve
the complex problems that we’re faced with today. The Interaction Institute is helping to turn
patterns of exclusion into participation that makes a difference in decision-making. We
do this by designing new interactions that bring the public together. We’re making
Big Democracy a reality.

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