Flatpack Democracy

A DIY Guide to Creating Independent Politics


Author: Peter Macfadyen

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781899233229

Category: Local government

Page: 112

View: 4953

End of Politicians


Author: Brett Hennig

Publisher: Unbound Publishing

ISBN: 1911586173

Category: Political Science

Page: 320

View: 1620

Our politics is broken, but it can be fixed. A real democracy is not only possible — it is an urgent necessity. Provocative, succinct and inspiring, The End of Politicians combines insights from the history of democracy with a critical understanding of the information revolution to explain how we can fix democracy by eliminating politicians and replacing them with a representative network of everyday citizens. A wealth of recent evidence has shown that groups of randomly selected, ordinary people can and do make balanced, informed and trusted decisions. These citizens' assemblies are legitimate, accountable, competent and, above all, convincing demonstrations that we can govern ourselves. The future of democracy has arrived. It is time for the end of politicians.

Rebooting Democracy

A Citizen's Guide to Reinventing Politics


Author: Manuel Arriaga

Publisher: Thistle Publishing

ISBN: 9781910198179

Category: Deliberative democracy

Page: 130

View: 7769

"If you want things organized, you might have to read some quite tricky books about democracy [such as this one]." - RUSSELL BRAND, actor and comedian, reading excerpts of Rebooting Democracy on his show The Trews Unless you are a banker, by now you must have realized that politicians don't serve your interests. Our democracies are failing us and, from Occupy Wall Street to the riots in Sao Paulo, millions have taken to the streets to voice their frustration. But is there anything we can do about it? Rebooting Democracy: A Citizen's Guide to Reinventing Politics takes readers on a global journey in search of solutions. From Vancouver to Saint Petersburg, from France to Australia, we discover that there are sensible ways to reform our democracies. As we travel the globe and zoom in on these real-world democratic breakthroughs, we also pick up insights from the social sciences-from key ideas in political science, sociology and economics to the latest research in social and cognitive psychology-that clarify why elected politicians will always fail to represent us. In a concise and engaging way, this book shows why the problems we are facing arise from inescapable, structural aspects of our political systems-and invites readers to explore five concrete, innovative ideas to help repair them. Praise for Rebooting Democracy: "A quick and easy read that makes the case for why existing political systems are inadequate and then shows examples of how to move us past those problems and toward more democratic systems. Along with many clever insights, Rebooting Democracy: A Citizen's Guide to Reinventing Politics points the way to where democracy is heading." - PROFESSOR JOHN GASTIL, Director of the McCourtney Institute for Democracy at Penn State University "A bold challenge to the status quo that shows, with some very good examples, how democracy can work. A concise and readable book that makes a cogent case for reinventing politics. Well worth a read." - KATHARINE QUARMBY, award-winning journalist; former Britain correspondent for The Economist and political producer for BBC Newsnight "Passionately argued, yet plainly written, Rebooting Democracy is part scholarship, part manifesto-a wholehearted call for civic engagement at a time of growing dissatisfaction with politics. Manuel Arriaga's book challenges the idea that our democracies cannot be improved and successfully builds a case for political renewal." - ALBERTO ALEMANNO, Professor at HEC Paris and NYU School of Law; Founder of eLabEurope "A short and engaging book. Written in the irreverent, outsider spirit of the Occupy protests, Rebooting Democracy: A Citizen's Guide to Reinventing Politics goes well beyond critiquing the status quo. It discusses several ways to democratize our society. [...] Interesting and well-worth reading." - YORAM GAT, founder and editor of Equality by Lot "Don't you feel sometimes that there is something wrong with contemporary democracy? That politicians are like a separate caste which makes decisions over the heads of people? Why is this happening? In Rebooting Democracy: A Citizen's Guide to Reinventing Politics, Manuel Arriaga answers these questions in a straightforward manner, carefully explaining point-by-point how it is possible that those we elect so often fail to represent us. But this is only the beginning of the book. [...] [The rest is devoted to] an overview of concrete solutions from different parts of the world. From the citizen panels in British Columbia to ranked voting in Ireland and all the way to campaign finance reform in France. [...] This short book prompted me to think of issues which I had never thought of before, even though I have been interested in the topic of democracy for a long time." - MARCIN GERWIN, Dziennik Opinii


For family, school and community


Author: David Hicks

Publisher: Teaching4abetterworld

ISBN: 1526203618

Category: Social Science

Page: 249

View: 1625

This book is a timely and practical response to the most important challenge of our times – climate change. It provides a thoughtful and readable introduction to why this matters for everyone. It explains the relationship between climate change and the sources of energy we use, as well as important choices that we need to make for the future - for our families, schools and communities. It explores what we need to know and what people are feeling about this issue. It offers readily accessible examples of what we can do to both limit and adapt to the changes we face. Intended for the general reader, concerned citizen and those with a responsibility for young people, this book provides a clear understanding of what a more sustainable low-carbon future could look like and why this will be of benefit to both present and future generations.

Blueprint for Revolution

How to Use Rice Pudding, Lego Men, and Other Nonviolent Techniques to Galvanize Communities, Overthrow Dictators, or Simply Change the World


Author: Srdja Popovic,Matthew Miller

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau

ISBN: 0812995317

Category: Political Science

Page: 304

View: 8759

An urgent and accessible handbook for peaceful protesters, activists, and community organizers—anyone trying to defend their rights, hold their government accountable, or change the world Blueprint for Revolution will teach you how to • make oppression backfire by playing your opponents’ strongest card against them • identify the “almighty pillars of power” in order to shift the balance of control • dream big, but start small: learn how to pick battles you can win • listen to what people actually care about in order to incorporate their needs into your revolutionary vision • master the art of compromise to bring together even the most disparate groups • recognize your allies and view your enemies as potential partners • use humor to make yourself heard, defuse potentially violent situations, and “laugh your way to victory” Praise for Blueprint for Revolution “The title is no exaggeration. Otpor’s methods . . . have been adopted by democracy movements around the world. The Egyptian opposition used them to topple Hosni Mubarak. In Lebanon, the Serbs helped the Cedar Revolution extricate the country from Syrian control. In Maldives, their methods were the key to overthrowing a dictator who had held power for thirty years. In many other countries, people have used what Canvas teaches to accomplish other political goals, such as fighting corruption or protecting the environment.”—The New York Times “A clear, well-constructed, and easily applicable set of principles for any David facing any Goliath (sans slingshot, of course) . . . By the end of Blueprint, the idea that a punch is no match for a punch line feels like anything but a joke.”—The Boston Globe “An entertaining primer on the theory and practice of peaceful protest.”—The Guardian “With this wonderful book, Srdja Popovic is inspiring ordinary people facing injustice and oppression to use this tool kit to challenge their oppressors and create something much better. When I was growing up, we dreamed that young people could bring down those who misused their power and create a more just and democratic society. For Srdja Popovic, living in Belgrade in 1998, this same dream was potentially a much more dangerous idea. But with an extraordinarily courageous group of students that formed Otpor!, Srdja used imagination, invention, cunning, and lots of humor to create a movement that not only succeeded in toppling the brutal dictator Slobodan Milošević but has become a blueprint for nonviolent revolution around the world. Srdja rules!”—Peter Gabriel “Blueprint for Revolution is not only a spirited guide to changing the world but a breakthrough in the annals of advice for those who seek justice and democracy. It asks (and not heavy-handedly): As long as you want to change the world, why not do it joyfully? It’s not just funny. It’s seriously funny. No joke.”—Todd Gitlin, author of The Sixties and Occupy Nation

Locating Localism

Statecraft, Citizenship and Democracy


Author: Jane Wills

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 1447323041

Category: Political Science

Page: 264

View: 7704

Combines political theory with attention to political practice to explore the development of localism as a new mode of statecraft. It highlights the challenges of the state devolving itself and the importance of citizens having the freedom, incentives and institutions needed to act.

Humanistic Psychology

Current Trends and Future Prospects


Author: Richard House,David Kalisch,Jennifer Maidman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1315392925

Category: Psychology

Page: 310

View: 4235

This book provides a thought-provoking examination of the present state and the future of Humanistic Psychology,?showcasing a rich international contributor line-up. The book addresses head-on the current state of a world in crisis, not only placing the current conjuncture within a wider evolutionary context, but also demonstrating the specifically humanistic-psychological values and practices that can help us to transform and transcend the world’s current challenges. Each chapter looks in depth at a variety of issues: counselling and psychotherapy, creativity and the humanities, post-traumatic stress, and socio-political movements and activism. The book amply confirms that Humanistic Psychology is as alive, and as innovative and exciting, as it ever has been, and has tremendous relevance to the uncertainties that characterize the unprecedented individual and global challenges of the times. It celebrates the diverse and continuing significance of Humanistic Psychology by providing a robust and reliable roadmap for a new generation of counsellors and psychotherapists. In these richly diverse chapters will be found inspiration, pockets of resistance, mature critical reflexivity and much much more - a book accurately reflecting our present situation, and which is an invaluable addition to the psychology literature.

The Future Is Beautiful


Author: Amisha Ghadiali

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781367406636


Page: N.A

View: 3165

"Imagination is the most precious currency we have. This anthology is a priceless, awe-inspiring companion in a time for new dreams."How will you create beauty in the world?Every one of us has ideas and personal experiences to share that can lead us to a brighter future. In the pages of this book, over two hundred people reveal their vision of the world they want to live in and the ways in which we can think, act and vote to create it. Beautifully illustrated, this is a personal, political exploration of what we value, and how we can live these values our daily life.This book is an invitation to you, wherever you are in the world, to imagine the future of your choice and inspire us to build it with you. Our global future is created by all of us, together. The Future Is Beautiful is the start of a new conversation for making that happen.Let your imagination run wild. We are the Future.

Anomie and Violence

Non-truth and Reconciliation in Indonesian Peacebuilding


Author: John Braithwaite,Valerie Braithwaite,Michael Cookson,Leah Dunn

Publisher: ANU E Press

ISBN: 1921666234

Category: Political Science

Page: 501

View: 4602

Indonesia suffered an explosion of religious violence, ethnic violence, separatist violence, terrorism, and violence by criminal gangs, the security forces and militias in the late 1990s and early 2000s. By 2002 Indonesia had the worst terrorism problem of any nation. All these forms of violence have now fallen dramatically. How was this accomplished? What drove the rise and the fall of violence? Anomie theory is deployed to explain these developments. Sudden institutional change at the time of the Asian financial crisis and the fall of President Suharto meant the rules of the game were up for grabs. Valerie Braithwaite's motivational postures theory is used to explain the gaming of the rules and the disengagement from authority that occurred in that era. Ultimately resistance to Suharto laid a foundation for commitment to a revised, more democratic, institutional order. The peacebuilding that occurred was not based on the high-integrity truth-seeking and reconciliation that was the normative preference of these authors. Rather it was based on non-truth, sometimes lies, and yet substantial reconciliation. This poses a challenge to restorative justice theories of peacebuilding.

The Complete Book of Intelligence Tests

500 Exercises to Improve, Upgrade and Enhance Your Mind Strength


Author: Philip Carter

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1907312048

Category: Self-Help

Page: 212

View: 7482

Enjoyable mental exercises to help boost performance on IQ tests This engaging book offers readers the ultimate in calisthenics for the brain. Using the same fun, informative, and accessible style that have made his previous books so popular, Philip Carter helps people identify mental strengths and weaknesses, and provides methods for improving memory, boosting creativity, and tuning in to emotional intelligence. Featuring never-before-published tests designed specifically for this book, plus answers for all questions, this latest treasure trove from a MENSA puzzle editor outlines a fun, challenging program for significantly enhancing performance in all areas of intelligence.

Public Service Values


Author: Richard C. Box

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317507541

Category: Political Science

Page: 200

View: 7519

Public Service Values is written for both graduate and undergraduate courses in public affairs. It should be valuable reading in any course where discussion of public service values will enrich the learning experience and offer a guide to professional practice. The text explores the meaning and usefulness of specific values, making them more accessible as part of the workplace toolkit of people delivering public services. Five primary concepts, or themes, are used as an organizing framework for discussion of a range of values people in the field find important in their work: Neutrality, Efficiency, Accountability, Public Service, and Public Interest. Public Service Values highlights the importance of values in professional life and it is intended to encourage a more conscious and reflective public practice.

Rules for Revolutionaries

How Big Organizing Can Change Everything


Author: Becky Bond,Zack Exley

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 1603587284

Category: Political Science

Page: 224

View: 3100

Lessons from the groundbreaking grassroots campaign that helped launch a new political revolution Rules for Revolutionaries is a bold challenge to the political establishment and the “rules” that govern campaign strategy. It tells the story of a breakthrough experiment conducted on the fringes of the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign: A technology-driven team empowered volunteers to build and manage the infrastructure to make seventy-five million calls, launch eight million text messages, and hold more than one-hundred thousand public meetings—in an effort to put Bernie Sanders’s insurgent campaign over the top. Bond and Exley, digital iconoclasts who have been reshaping the way politics is practiced in America for two decades, have identified twenty-two rules of “Big Organizing” that can be used to drive social change movements of any kind. And they tell the inside story of one of the most amazing grassroots political campaigns ever run. Fast-paced, provocative, and profound, Rules for Revolutionaries stands as a liberating challenge to the low expectations and small thinking that dominates too many advocacy, non-profit, and campaigning organizations—and points the way forward to a future where political revolution is truly possible.

Beasts and Gods

How Democracy Changed Its Meaning and Lost Its Purpose


Author: Roslyn Fuller

Publisher: Zed Books Ltd.

ISBN: 1783605456

Category: Political Science

Page: 424

View: 1144

Democracy does not deliver on the things we have assumed are its natural outcomes. This, coupled with a growing sense of malaise in both new and established democracies forms the basis to the assertion made by some, that these are not democracies at all. Through considerable, impressive empirical analysis of a variety of voting methods, across twenty different nations, Roslyn Fuller presents the data that makes this contention indisputable. Proving that the party which forms the government rarely receives the majority of the popular vote, that electoral systems regularly produce manufactured majorities and that the better funded side invariably wins such contests in both elections and referenda, Fuller’s findings challenge the most fundamental elements of both national politics and broader society. Beast and Gods argues for a return to democracy as perceived by the ancient Athenians. Boldly arguing for the necessity of the Aristotelian assumption that citizens are agents whose wishes and aims can be attained through participation in politics, and through an examination of what “goods” are provided by democracy, Fuller offers a powerful challenge to the contemporary liberal view that there are no "goods" in politics, only individual citizens seeking to fulfil their particular interests.

Valuable Vegetables

Growing for Pleasure and Profit


Author: Mandy Pullen

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781899233120

Category: Organic gardening

Page: 270

View: 7522

Code Craft

The Practice of Writing Excellent Code


Author: Pete Goodliffe

Publisher: No Starch Press

ISBN: 1593271190

Category: Computers

Page: 624

View: 6665

A guide to writing computer code covers such topics as variable naming, presentation style, error handling, and security.


An Epic History of the Tower of London


Author: Nigel Jones

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 0312622961

Category: Architecture

Page: 456

View: 5478

A dramatic history of the Tower of London places its story in a context of national and international events, drawing on primary sources to explore its diverse functions as a British symbol, epicenter for violent events and modern tourist attraction. By the author of Through a Glass Darkly. 30,000 first printing.

Graphic Guide to Frame Construction


Author: Rob Thallon

Publisher: Taunton Press

ISBN: 1600850235

Category: House & Home

Page: 243

View: 2771

Here for the first time is a complete visual handbook designed for architects, builders, students, and anyone else interested in wood-frame construction. Inside you'll find hundreds of meticulous drawings illustrating every detail you might ever want to know about when building wood, whether you're building basement walls or framing a chimney opening. This wealth of visual information is mined from actual jobsites. Special attention is given throughout to durability and to energy efficiency.

One Thing Leads to Another: Promoting Industrialisation by Making the Most of the Commodity Boom in Sub-Saharan Africa


Author: Mike Morris,Rapheal Kaplinsky,David Kaplan

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1471781887

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 252

View: 6649

Over the past four decades, policy makers and stakeholders have struggled with the challenge of promoting industrial development in low and middle-income economies in general, and in sub-Saharan African (SSA) in particular. With the rise of the Asian Drivers (China and India) and their increase in demand for raw materials to fuel growth, the turn of the millennium saw a commodity price super-cycle emerge, benefiting a number of resource rich countries in SSA. Faced with the specter of the Resource Curse, this book examines an industrial pathway where countries can Make the Most of Commodities. Bringing together ground-breaking research in the commodity sectors, this book uses case-studies to explore conduits for industrial development, focusing on backward and forward linkages, with policy advice for both governments and corporate sectors.

Higher Modern Studies for CfE: Democracy in Scotland and the UK


Author: Frank Cooney,David Sheerin,Paul Creaney

Publisher: Hodder Gibson

ISBN: 1510403701


Page: 144

View: 5629

Written specifically to match the Higher syllabus, Democracy in Scotland and the UK covers all of the topics that students will study in this unit of the course: UK constitutional arrangement, political institutions and processes, voting systems and behaviour. - Covers the most recent political developments, including the EU referendum and resignation of David Cameron. - Fact File boxes explain key political theories and ideas in greater detail. - ICT Tasks encourage the use of online resources, such as political party websites, as part of focussed research work. - Show your understanding questions test students' knowledge. - In-depth case studies of recent events highlight political practices and theories in action.

America Now

Short Readings from Recent Periodicals


Author: Robert Atwan

Publisher: Macmillan Higher Education

ISBN: 1319021778

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 400

View: 3480

America Now makes it easy for you to get brief, accessible, and thought-provoking essays into your classroom, with trustworthy, reliable pedagogy and an expert reader's knowledge of what works in the classroom. As series editor for Best American Essays, Robert Atwan constantly scours a wide range of periodicals, bringing to America Now an unrivaled focus on the best writing on today. Instructors tell us that their students want to respond to the essays in the book, and they praise the high-quality reading and writing instruction, critical thinking and reading questions, and model student essays that help them do so.