open politics web

The open politics web is the whole network of people, groups, sites and resources accessible by the open politics search engine which capabilities are most frequently seen by end users as the open politics toolbar.


People working as activists, as journalists, as candidates, and as representatives will be the most active and supported users. The candidate portal and pundit blackberry are the main features supported by the proposed OP:layout as of 2005-05. The web browser interface will lean towards this throughout 2005.

However, more sophisticated services and coordination will still require the use of the web browser user interface:

supports exchange in services

By 2006 LP will support the above classes of users well and will be able to more directly support any group willing to learn the agenda protocol. To accelerate these:

By 2006 LP will also host a open politics time market in services, e.g. to reseach issues, e.g. research urban issues. This will make it simple to find people of like ideology or goals who can be trusted to subcontract services, based on social network recommendations.

By 2007 LP will will also host an open politics prediction market to assist decisions, and making it much easier to find people of proven predictive competence to assemble scenarios and help organizations to plan.

supports forming factions

Those who seek others to work with to create scenarios that help to simulate future events they are concerned about, e.g. Peak Oil, can also use the open politics web.

open ended

The open politics web is organized so that any group or organization can set up a wiki to:
  • create and share information about political events, issues or people.
  • encourage deliberation and build consensus on the issues.

All members of the network contribute to share alike content, work collaboratively in equal power relationships using consensus decision making to open possibilities to enable political and social change agents.

complex - so start somewhere

The complexity of such an open-ended network requires that:

three main portals

At least three portals appear as their own web services:

Each of these plays an essential role in the open politics web as it is developed first within Canada, and eventually everywhere in the world:

openpolitics.ca for active Canadian citizens

openpolitics.ca's contribution is to host the development of multiple point of view articles on important political, social, economic and environmental issues. It will feature the political personality test and help people refine their own ideas and opinions. It will host information to help citizens engage in current legislation, party platform comparison, candidate and legislator profiles, and all citizen initiatives. Issue-rich news stories with many related issues are frequently examined from every point of view, and public statements by authority are examined, critiqued, and subjected to tough questions.

Eventually we hope to include simpol.org and debatepoint.com, two good attempts at an equivalent for global citizens that have similar goals and methods. A description of how these might cooperate is being debated presently by the ECG.

livingplatform.ca for Canadian partisans

livingplatform.ca hosts a multi-partisan "people's platform" - where the most popular positions, developed in openpolitics.ca or anywhere else can become planks in any of the red, blue green and orange platforms that can be used to lobby politicians. Featuring smart polls and participatory budgets it also provides a training grounds for seven generation society.

livingplatform.org is for global partisans in such organizations as the Global Greens.

efficientcivics.ca for Canadian standards

efficientcivics.ca specializes in developing rigorous auditable decision making technologies and organization protocols and patterns, collecting and distributing best practices for deliberate, participatory, and anticipatory forms of democracy - where possible as e-democracy - enabling e-government.

efficientcivics.org sets such standards globally.

This page is CC-by-nc-sa by Efficient Civics Guild. It describes the key application of living ontology to political problems in Canada.