A Citizen’s Guide to Greece 2015


February 24, 2012

New meaning to the word demos

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Written by: pdcadmin

By Laura Strieth

“Iceland Mob Rule” is what the Guardian called it but to me it seems like an evolved form of democracy. A country with the oldest continuous parliament dating back to 930, had the 3rd largest financial meltdown in human history and as a response: rid themselves of their government, the central bank manager and the head of their financial authority and used social media to reconstruct their constitution.

The foundation of their constitution was put together by 1,000 people randomly selected from the national registry, they elected 25 people to put their visions and goals into writing and then used facebook, twitter, flickr, their own website and YouTube to have the public vote and give their suggestions. What a prime example of a country embracing a time of crisis to change the very values on with their social systems are run!

Could we do such a thing in Greece? Can and should we trust in the collective intelligence of our fellow citizens? Iceland has a population of only 380,000 and they are among the most computer literate in the world. Even if redrafting the constitution of Greece through social media seems unlikely, perhaps these tools can help give people a voice and an opportunity to take part in law making.

A Dutch Minister of Internal Affairs once said, “law making is like a sausage, no one really wants to know what is put in it…” But shouldn’t we care to know? Isn’t it our duty to care about the current and future affairs of our community? Or are we happy to leave it at the hands of banks and corporate lobbyists?


  1. Antonios Nikolidakis


  2. Ruthie Moppin

    I always was interested in this subject and still am, appreciate it for putting up.

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