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Re-Invent Democracy Toolkit

The Global Social Network for Voters will provide agenda setting, political organizing and consensus building tools to voters worldwide. They can use these tools to join forces across ideological and partisan lines to determine who runs for office, who gets elected, and what laws are passed.

Blocs, parties and coalitions blend direct democracy with representative democracy by using their legislative agendas to influence the agendas of electoral candidates and direct the legislative actions of the representatives they elect. They use the network's voting utility to conduct referenda, initiatives and recall votes. They publish the results and use them to pressure their representatives to adhere to BPC agendas.

These voter-controlled, online political organizations differ from traditional blocs, parties and coalitions that voters do not control because they interconnect voters across ideological and partisan lines to forge collective consensus around common transpartisan legislative agendas.

Unlike traditional BPCs that divide voters ideologically, the members of these new organizations will be motivated to unite voters around transpartisan agendas. This motivation derives from goal of forging transpartisan electoral bases that become large enough to elect representatives of their choice to enact their agendas. BPCs that do not reach out to voters across the ideological and political spectrum are unlikely to grow large enough to win elections.

BPCS will develop unprecedented "collective intelligence" and collective decision-making capabilities by bringing large numbers of well-informed voters into all stages of legislative processes, to supplement and surpass the small numbers of often ill-informed legislations who make decisions for entire electorates.

BPCs will be the engines of expanding capabilities of electorates around the world to collectively devise solutions to complex problems -- including present and future threats to the planet's sustainability and humanity's survivability -- and elect representatives of their choice who will exert their best efforts to enact their solutions.

In addition to these key attributes, BPCs will have the following capabilities:

Note: Electoral candidates, incumbent lawmakers and traditional BPCs seeking to build winning bases of popular electoral support can collaborate with present and future supporters to use the Global Social Network for Voters to set and enact common legislative agendas. They can do so individually and independently, or collaborate with voter-controlled BPCs through coalitions.

Similarly, civil society organizations, issue groups, associations, and unions, for example, can also use the network to build BPCs independently and/or collaboratively. By building large transpartisan electoral bases, all democracy stakeholders using the network can elect representatives of their choice without needing campaign financing by special interests that later dictate representatives' legislative actions after they are elected. Lawmakers will be able to concentrate on legislating rather than fund-raising, and on implementing the agendas of their constituents rather than the agendas of special interests.