Can the People write the next Global Development Goals?

How to crowd source the sustainable development goals (or whatever post-MDG beyond 2015 development goals will look like) – asks Joe Mitchell in his highly interesting blog on “Global Governance 2.0″.

How can citizens all over the world participate in a meaningful way in global governance processes? Wouldn’t board grassroots participation in the writing of the next MDGs the ultimate demonstration of active global citizenship? How can global learning contribute to facilitate citizen participation in governance processes? How can “Global Civil Society” become more than an anaemic and institutional network of INGOs? Which tools (such as LiquidFeedback – intensively used by the German Pirate Party for grassroots participatory decision making) can be set up to organise such a huge and complex undertaking like crowd sourcing global goals? And, if crowd sourcing is a way to go, how to overcome the digital divide?

 

PS: These are busy times, and I’m sorry not having kept the enthusiastic publication rhythm on this blog. But there are some interesting ideas in the pipeline, including a critical reflection on the EP campaign, a post-colonial critique of the UN Decade on Education for Sustainable Development and sone thoughts on our representation of the world. I’ll keep you posted – and thanks to all visitors, commentators and followers!

Tobias