Could Crowdsourcing Expertise Be the Future of Government?
Recent political events have revealed tensions between expertise and democracy. Institutions must tap into the know-how of the many, not the few
- Beth Simone Noveck for The Guardian November 30th, 2016
- Source: https://www.theguardian.com/science/political-science/2016/nov/30/could-crowdsourcing-expertise-be-the-future-of-government
We lack public institutions - a participatory bureaucracy and open parliamentary processes - that know how to tap into the collective intelligence of our communities, and draw power from the participation of the many, rather than the few.
It is the absence of these open institutions, and the resulting failure to take account of these views, voices, and know-how of the many disaffected people who voted - and those who did not - during the EU referendum and the US presidential election, which create a vacuum that characteristic demagogues end up filling.