What is REAL Liquid Feedback?

Author: Jana Buchmann
Translation: Laura Killian

All those who want REAL democracy should utilise a REAL Liquid Feedback, both in online and offline voting, ensuring maximum participation, transparency of problem spaces and weighted decisions, freedom of opinion and self-determination as well as real-time control of political performances with regard to our values and universal human rights.

What characterises a REAL liquid feedback such as iP7?

1. In general, open discussions are bottom-up, by using open questions, while everybody can actively participate and all ideas are solution-oriented and treated equally.

2. Voting is liquid, i.e. not black-and-white, but with metric or grey-scales, similar to a thermometer with a minus and a plus pole.

3. Problems are selected by priority and proposals are optimised by pithiness and their fit with common expectations, goals and central values before the final decision is made. During more intensive processes of consensus desicion making, participants determine what the most important problems, the concrete causes of a problem, the ressources to overcome the problem, as well as what the most important common goals of the solution are. The most important common goals are later used to evaluate the fit of solutions.

4. Real Liquid Feedback is a participatory consensus process with equal voting rights which secures the quality of political performance. Thereby, the process and the quality of decision is monitored by transparently taking into account the needs of the participants and the solution’s fit with core values and human rights. Everyone has one or more equal votes and the emergence of the people’s will can’t be distorted, controlled or manipulated by any superdelegates.

5. The result of the voting can be transferred from a grey-scale into a majority result which therefore innovatively contains concrete information concerning the fit and suitability of solutions.

6. The resistance against the status quo, i.e. the motivation to change, is also measured and compared to the resistance against the other solutions. This can safeguard that any development is progressive in nature, and new decisions don’t make the situation worse than the status quo (more infos about systemic consensus principle)

7. Real Liquid Feedback allows for anonymous voting, except in cases a community or a party decides that its delegates have to be accountable to which rational criteria they used and how they have weighted them to come to a certain decision (e.g. human rights vs. lobby interests).

8. Real Liquid Feedback also secures the quality of measurement and the decision process by examining quality of information, validity, and reliability.

Definition of real democracy for real liquid feedback – concerning the public welfare: “In a real democracy, people strive equally, freely and in solidarity to avoid pain and multiply happiness.”

With the new, real liquid feedback (iP7), the extent of wellbeing, i.e. pain and happiness are measured using universal rational criteria (see link above). The evaluation using these criteria (e.g. level of fit with human rights, aims and values) show the extent of Yes (approval/happiness) versus No (rejection/pain), see 5.

In Summary: Real Liquid Feedback measures the resistance and the will of the voter in grey (metric) scales (like a thermometer). Real Liquid Feedback enables intelligent, empathic, collective problem solving using the needs of the community as well as the human intelligence. Liquid Feedback does not measure, as with quality-unspecific majority voting and the old not-LQFB, how well manipulation and external control has worked but  measures the people’s will and public wellbeing.

Prospect: After the empirical examination of the model it is based on, real Liquid Feedback-iP7 may make it possible to realise a political and economic relaunch by implementing gross domestic happiness (Bruttosozialglück).

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