Participation & motivational psychology: can we energise the party and fix democracy at the same time?


(Laura) #1

Continuing the discussion from Lefties suffer lack of memes?:

While this is true, @Jano’s work aims to address these and other issues. I do see potential in that it could improve both participation rates and quality of decision-making, including in policy development.

A programmer’s skills combined with scientific knowledge of motivational psychology has the potential of revolutionising democracy to be more accessible and simultaneously integrate complex subject matter in a structured, systematic manner. Having a scientific understanding of what are the appropriate levels of complexity of decision-making at different stages of development and for different kinds of problems would improve the quality of the solutions. Also, having a tool for collective rating of information and texts based on several criteria reduces bias in the evidence-based foundation of decision-making.

The lack of participation and diversity would also be helped by a more structured model of participation. It ensures that every voice raised would meaningfully contribute and the best solutions are found and selected. People can are repeatedly asked for their opinion on political topics which effect them, oppress them, which we as a party that wishes to represent them have an obligation to listen to. Think of it as non-manipulative opinion surveys that can actually change politics.

It is often said that Aussies are so apathetic towards politics. I think this is only half true. We often come off as apathetic because we are alienated: we see no meaningful way to fix sh*t and aren’t about to waste our time and energy on a lost cause. Politics is broken. Let’s fix it.