Alternative Camden - Ideas




What is it?
A more democratic way of voting for issues you feel strongly about within the community.

Why is it useful?
Our current voting system is binary – yes or no – which doesn't allow people to express how strongly they feel about issues in their community. Instead, we could create a “marketplace” where citizens were awarded credits and given the opportunity to place multiple credits on problems they most care about.

Alternative voting mechanisms – for example quadratic voting – could contribute to a more democratic decision making process. These processes could then determine which civic issues to tackle, with issue resolutions carried out in the open.

Who would need to be involved?
  • Camden Council
  • Camden residents
  • Voting technology experts
  • Policy makers
  • Public service providers

Where do we start?
  • Work with Camden Council and Camden Citizens’ Assembly to map existing mechanisms for proposing, voting for and funding community improvements.
  • Research and analyse alternative democratic voting mechanisms and propose how they could be implemented as an “Issues Marketplace”.
  • Host a design workshop with citizens, policy makers, voting technology experts with local government to design and develop proposal.
  • Co-develop a paper prototype “Issues Marketplace”.
  • Identify how proposal could be trialled within Camden.

Some thoughts…
  • How do you mitigate the impact of collusion if quadratic voting is adopted?
  • How would the issues be proposed and legitimised in the first place?