We see the world with a bias towards our beliefs. For example, if I am against war on Syria, I would take all news indicating WMD use in Syria as ‘forged’ and take all news against the war as ‘positive’ news. Thus people with polarized thoughts tend to become even more polarized, a situation certainly not positive for democracy. In India’s context, people who think Modi is communal, tend to ignore all news about development in Gujarat, and people who think that he has done a huge lot of development tend to ignore news about his communal nature.
Can we use these concepts and attempt towards reaching a better consensus for Elections 2013/2014 in India? Maybe starting with Delhi Vidhan Sabha? A tripartite fight, and the possibility of a hung assembly would mean a waste of over hundreds of crores of rupees for campaigning. Can we help people achieve a better consensus and vote more consistently during elections, help them understand the party manifestos, their candidates, their ideas, and visions in a much simpler way?
A simple website, firstly indicating party manifestos, achievements, candidates, their achievements, their visions, ideas, implementations, education level, criminal records, etc. for Delhi Vidhan Sabha. In addition to this, people are allowed to add positive / negative points about any entity in the website (entity is a party candidate, vision, idea etc). These points about entities get upvoted / downvoted by peers in the network of the people and get translated neatly to everyone. So everyone learns what are the most important points about different entities in the graph. People are allowed free form of communication in the form of easy chat / message system.
The goal is to help people easily learn about their candidates and parties, and possibly reach a consensus from wisdom of crowds. At the end no one wants their vote to get wasted, and they want to vote where it’s being most useful. And most people believe in wisdom of the crowds, by learning the positive and negative aspects of the candidates profile and manifesto, the system could possibly reach a better consensus for elections.
Can we extend this idea towards national elections? Or maybe towards other national issues? Consensus and people participation are probably two most important properties of a successful democracy. Can we possibly make an attempt towards a better democratic system ?