urban, cities, chaos, complexity, fractals, city, urban planning,urban studies, complexity theory, chaos theory, chaos, suburbs, sustainability, natural capital, Economic Crisis of 2008, Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Movement, direct democracy, participatory democracy, urban revitalization, cultural economy of cities, political economy of cities
30 October 2011
potential role of General Assemblies in local government
In the Occupy Wall Street movement all decisions are being made through a General Assembly (GA) based on consensus. This is a unique way of decision-making for a group that is leaderless. There are General Assemblies in other cities that are being formed. The question that I am pondering is: Can GAs replace the local democratic process in cities? Another question is : Can Direct Democracy be used effectively to make major decisions at a local level? The use of GAs promises more participation in government, while Direct Democracy can allow citizens to vote via the Internet on key items in a city’s budget. These have to be explored further.