3 ways to upgrade democracy for the 21st century.

15 min Source: TED Auckland 2019 an independent event.


Max Rashbrooke believes current technology provides the opportunity for all citizens to have a meaningful say in their government’s decision-making processes.


Rashbrooke argues that there is a crisis in representative democracy based on the following:

Suggested ways to fix the problem are:

Some advantages of greater involvement are:

  • More responsive to citizens.
  • Counters online propaganda
  • Takes into account some indigenous traditions.
  • Shows faith in people and their ability to listen.

Technology now allows us to have an improved version of the democracy of ancient Athens—with all adults voting, not just male property owners. 

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