I Special Forum: The perfectibility of Democracy

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I Special Forum: The perfectibility of Democracy

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Status of the Forum

Topic: open.
Contest: completed

 

 

Date

The contest took place on May 10th and 11th 2012.

 

Awarded presentations

DENIS

Most of us believe that a strong system is only possible with a strong central organization of conscience and power. In the modern societies this organization is the state. Although the state as a generator of good solutions, the quantity of power in central organizations creates more complex problems that the political system cannot solve it.

In the beginnings, Greek`s Democracy, particularly in Athens, had the primitive idea that the power might correspond to citizens instead of to a small group of people. As the city-states were growing, the Direct Democracy was not possible because of the organizational incapability of the system to interact and process the trials of a big population. Besides this, the citizens needed to move to the assembly which meant economic costs. The Representative Democracy in the modern states does not have similarities to the beginnings of the Democracy in Athens. The popular vote in the election of “our representatives” is, for many people, just a relief of the inability to take part in the state`s decisions. The quantity of power in a planner organization looks like a fatalistic solution in modern societies. Is it possible to organize a society without a central planner power?

It is a difficult question. Some areas of the human expertise like Biology and Robotics have advanced indirectly in this field. Biology has tried to explain how insects like ants or bees can be so complex and intelligent when they are in groups. Robotics has developed new ideas about Artificial Intelligence related to collective intelligence of Biology. But, how is all this related to politics and Democracy? A lot and the possibilities are incredible.

Let`s talk about the human brain. Though human brain is composed by millions of neurons that individually are not intelligent, our brain it is intelligent. The brain is so complex because of the interactions between neurons as a group and the processes that they do under an information system. Societies have similar structures. One person cannot know everything so that is why each person specializes in one area of expertise. In other words, each person has a separated knowledge about everything so we are dependent on other people to find solutions to complex problems. In contrast to Ancient Greece, now communications technology can solve the old problems of the Direct Democracy. The knowledge about collective intelligence and information systems can also help to the Direct Democracy. The idea is to create a developed platform with a complex algorithm that could work as the nervous system of millions of individuals in order to find solutions to real problems. This complex algorithm is a program that has specific instructions in order to get the best interactions of the interdisciplinary knowledge. In contrast to the current political system, the advantages and social implications of this system are large. I could talk much more about this topic but I cannot do it because it is a small reflection. One of the main points is that the system will be evolutionary because it will raise again to itself as a problem and it will be restructure making itself more and more efficient.      

Response

The Argentinean Chapter of the Club of Rome wants to express thanks for the assistants and contributors to the first session of the Special Forum.

This time, the three exhibitions had ideas and reflections that should be considered in researching programs about more modern, conscious and peaceful systems.

The jury considers that the three ones contribute with ethic, intellectual and cultural elements and wants to express thanks to the authors.

Next, we will response to each exhibition. 

 

Denis

The vertiginous progress of technology, particularly communications technology, raises again the basis of participation in the Democratic system.

The representative system is an important part of the current Democratic systems. The impossibility or difficulty of the massive direct participation in public affairs is one of the reasons why the representative system becomes useful for Democracy`s running.

However, the aim of the direct participation for everyone in public affairs and in processes of making decisions could be more probable if we could take in to account the development and utility of communications technology.

It seems reasonable that the existing mismatch between the current model of participation in Democracy and the modern communications technology could be adjusted in order to the progressive overcoming of the considered “consolation vote”.

 

María

Certainly, the development of a healthy democracy depends, to a significant extent, on the existing ethic’s degree of perceptiveness in a society. And also on the practice of some values that never lose their high hierarchy such as respect, tolerance, honesty, or rectitude.

It is difficult, if not impossible, to conceive the possibility of a progressive perfection in a democracy without life’s conscious citizens. For far too long, society has been framed into a ruling system that canalizes their consciousness into intentions, desires, selfish practices and material interests.

It is theoretically logic to assume that a human being, who has an extended conscience of his rights and duties, would also be significantly influence in his life by the “greatest ideals”: peace, general welfare and happiness.

The ethic and values are fundamental because they go throw all the fields of the human action and determine the sustainability and unsustainability of a healthy democratic system. The lack of ethic and the value of the no-value delve into egoism hindering the possibility of human’s development, to its fullest extent.

A question would be: What do we need to change in our life in order to feel encouraged and confident when it comes to put our good nature into practice? 

 

Marie Louise

Talking about computers: if we want to run a new software in an old operative system it probably will not work.

In a system where selfishness and material goals are the basic operational rules, the practice of fraternity or gratitude is difficult to get. Freedom and equality are also difficult to achieve.

High aspirations will be always constants in the progress of the human system, but we will not achieve them until men will be aware how importance is to act with love as spiritual guarantee.

Is it possible teaching to the new generations in the fraternal love to life?

 

Awarded talk

The jury decided to award the first encouragement prize to the creativity for Denis.

The Capítulo Argentino rewards Denis` exhibition because of his enriching contribution to the transformation of the practice of Democracy to a more dynamic and effective level. 

Pictures

In a brief event that took place in the American Club of Buenos Aires, The Argentinean Chapter of the Club of Rome, Dr. Alfredo J.L. Davérède, awarded the Creativity Intellectual Prize for Denis Israel Huaman Holguin, young Latin –American from Peru.

Authorities, members and friends of Capítulo Argentino drank a toast with Denis and his family. 

premio2Héctor Huaman Barja; Denis Huaman Holguin; Alfredo Davérède; Luzma Holguin Ñahui y Milagros.

premio3Héctor Huaman Barja; Denis Huaman Holguin; Silvia Zimmermann; Alfredo Davérède.

premio4Denis Huaman Holguin.

premio5Alfredo Davérède; Emb. Jorge Hugo Herrera Vegas.

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