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April 22-25, 2003, Santa Clara -Explore. Invent. Connect.


Happening: Emergent Democracy

Track: Birds of a Feather
Date: Tuesday, April 22
Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: Winchester

A Happening is an Ad Hoc event supported by multi-modal communication social software. There have been 3 so far using voice, chat and wiki. This event would be the first Emergent Democracy Happening using in-room modes.

Joi Ito kicked off the first one with a paper on Emergent Democracy. There has been a significant development since, which can be viewed within the Socialtext public wiki http://www.socialtext.com/workspace and http://joi.ito.com/archives/cat_emergent_democracy.html

When the cost for personal communication, social interaction and group-forming falls, emergent patterns will make political institutions more responsive to an involved society.

Weblogs and wikis are simple publishing systems that emphasize content over form and allow more people to participate online in the ongoing conversation that is the substructure for democratic participation. In this realm ideas are filtered through dense- social feedback loops that support broader distribution and use. As the tools evolve, groups organize around previously unfundable issues. Robust ideas and constituencies directly impact the media and political institutions in a new form of emergent pluralism. This is what we mean by "emergent democracy."

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