Monday, November 10, 2014

News Teaching: Who?

This is a news teaching moment.

News: Our Government Is Broken: Ballot Initiatives Prove It

After the 2014 election here in the US the Republican voters approved Democratic progressive ballot measures. The analysis in the linked article above is that the system is broken and asks, who represents you?

That is the teaching moment of this post, who represents you?

I've been voting for a long time. Never have I voted for anyone I know. Never.

Have you?

Who represents you? The person who gets painted by the media? The scandal? The sound-bite?

Now for a solution: vote for who you know. Then have the person you voted for vote for who they know, combining all the votes for them in their vote count. I call this percolation voting, or perk voting for short. Percolation voting applies the six-degrees of separation rule: everyone knows everyone indirectly by a chain of at most six people.

Some of the perks of perk voting are as follows:
  1. Trusting a communication chain of six-degrees of voting is superior to trusting the media.
  2. It encourages people to know each other. 
  3. Your civic duty now includes being involved with your community, however you choose, so as to be able to vote for people in it.
  4. Community vs party arrangement. The community needs to decide on the rules for establishing who knows who as opposed to parties establishing candidates in a primary election. 
  5. Eliminates political parties. I probably should've listed that first, yeah.
How does perk voting get implemented? I'm not going to say first thing here. As the title of this blog indicates the new generation of social experiment requires innovation. I do have my own proposal listed below but that proposal should just be one of many innovated experiments to be run. All experiments should be quantified and qualified to the maximum extent possible.  When using innovation a clear winner will emerge after many failed experiments, trail-and-error. However, things change over time and the winner that works today will not work tomorrow. As such all experiments need to be documented to capture aspects of failure and success of all experiments.  As time goes by and a winner becomes a loser then things need updated. Quantifying all past, previous experiments run affords future examination where perhaps one of the previous failures may have simply just been too far ahead of its time, and is ready for the next generation. 

What is my computer science innovation? The simple answer is a vote bank. A vote bank is the ATM of votes. You deposit votes in your vote bank all year round, the same as one does with money. A vote bank is a database of vote accounts the same way a financial bank keeps a database of accounts. Elections have no vote casting on election day, but rather tallies votes that are banked.

The vote bank is necessary in percolation voting for providing instant transparency. The vote bank can provide social media context around the issues and people to be voted on.  The vote bank tracks the six-degrees of separation instantly for you and indicates the final vote at any time. The vote bank should alert similar to financial banks. When something changes in the six-degrees change then email or text is sent that notifies people they may want to reconsider a vote deposit. The vote bank is a community run bank.

Later on I will further argue that the vote bank accounts should be public for all to see so as to handle corruption, but that is not a requirement for percolation voting and I leave that discussion of public voting  for another day.

Well come! and Well met!

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