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What might the futures of democracy look like?
Isabel
The global south will turn fully on western democracies and often choose security over freedom. They will ally themselves with eastern players such as China and India and also Russia. The West will loose power to the East.
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Derek
We need fundamental changes on the movement of people. Governments see us as assets to keep within borders. As a global society, we need to return the power and choice to the individual. Governments need to compete to have us, better infrastructure, living conditions, etc. We the people, where next?
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Isabel
Local politics will become more participatory and inclusive, while national and global issues are like a grand theatre of ever polarised opinions that only serve vested interests, as they do now. People will largely be appeased because their decentralised local governments work well.
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Isabel
We will enter a new era of kingdoms, where the rulers in the Middle East hold all the economic cards. They control both renewables and oil reserves, and will expand their influence behind the curtains of western democracies.
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We will find new forms for citizen participation and representation in democratic institutions and processes.
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Galdino Pedron
Democracy was an overrated popularity contest and good enough while it lasted. A different system is emerging and taking its place.
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Alisa Belmas
As authoritarian countries face little consequence for their actions, incl war conflicts and human rights violations, authoritarian regimes gain a sense of empowerment. This is contributing to a decline in the democracy index worldwide.
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Room 1
Government systems evolve past the stage of mere popularity contests and focus on substantive policies and leadership qualities that truly benefit the public.
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We might see the perpetuation of the tragedy of commons, where individual self-interest undermines the well-being of the community as a whole.
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I believe that the future of Democracy depends on another topics thar must be discussed besides the influence of AI, like Education and corruption. I agree that we must change step by step starting to give more power to small communities to really represent the will of the people.
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The mandates of international organizations are as challenged today as we have ever known, making it impossible to reach consensus on a global scale. Meanwhile, more fluid organizational structures are emerging, ones that are based on shifting values.
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Democracy integrates a way to "measure" the quality of its citizens in order to allow them to participate.
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Alex
Inefficiency in politics, due to slow decision-making, will lead to increased frustration among the people.
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Mariajose
We are transitioning from a representative democracy to a participative one, where governance becomes less centralized and citizens play a more active role in decision-making processes.
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Room 1
Incorporating public input into the formulation of public budgets will become the norm.
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Room 1
We might see a system of "extreme voting". Every decision is subject to a vote, allowing for exhaustive direct democratic participation.
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Western countries will see further alienation of their citizens from and distrust in democratic institutions.
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The increasing complexity and accelerating impact of global crises will further benefit populist and anti-democratic movements.
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As we move further away from the idea of nation-states and strengthen the power of cities and regions, we create new opportunities for citizens to identify with and participate in democratic processes
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Alisa Belmas
As the number of climate refugees rises, there's a corresponding rise in populist movements in the countries that host these refugees.
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Room 1
We might witness a merit-based system for determining voting eligibility, potentially grounded in factors such as knowledge and education. To implement this, a balanced and equitable system would need to be developed to assess these qualifications and decide who is granted the right to vote.
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Mariajosé
The integration of blockchain technology into government procedures can facilitate the elimination of corruption and enhance transparency. Consequently, this would allow citizens to more accurately assess and rate the performance of governments and political parties, leading to more informed decisio
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Growing economic problems will further destabilize democracy in many countries around the world.
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Galdino Pedron
An aggressive democratic system, akin to that of Switzerland, invites citizens to constantly vote on a wide array of issues, thereby ensuring persistent and direct public involvement in governance.
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Political
6 Ratings
Anonymous
Western countries will see further alienation of their citizens from and distrust in democratic institutions.
68% certain
20% disagreement
37% desirable
27% disagreement
Political
6 Ratings
Anonymous
The increasing complexity and accelerating impact of global crises will further benefit populist and anti-democratic movements.
59% certain
34% disagreement
6% desirable
5% disagreement
Political
7 Ratings
Anonymous
Growing economic problems will further destabilize democracy in many countries around the world.
89% certain
11% disagreement
9% desirable
7% disagreement
Political
6 Ratings
Anonymous
We will find new forms for citizen participation and representation in democratic institutions and processes.
67% certain
21% disagreement
83% desirable
16% disagreement
Political
6 Ratings
Anonymous
As we move further away from the idea of nation-states and strengthen the power of cities and regions, we create new opportunities for citizens to identify with and participate in democratic processes
50% certain
33% disagreement
88% desirable
10% disagreement
Political
6 Ratings
Anonymous
I believe that the future of Democracy depends on another topics thar must be discussed besides the influence of AI, like Education and corruption. I agree that we must change step by step starting to give more power to small communities to really represent the will of the people.
64% certain
29% disagreement
71% desirable
18% disagreement
Political
5 Ratings
Anonymous
The mandates of international organizations are as challenged today as we have ever known, making it impossible to reach consensus on a global scale. Meanwhile, more fluid organizational structures are emerging, ones that are based on shifting values.
70% certain
23% disagreement
64% desirable
26% disagreement
Political
7 Ratings
Anonymous
Democracy integrates a way to "measure" the quality of its citizens in order to allow them to participate.
31% certain
11% disagreement
37% desirable
31% disagreement
Political
6 Ratings
Alex
Inefficiency in politics, due to slow decision-making, will lead to increased frustration among the people.
81% certain
20% disagreement
17% desirable
15% disagreement
Political
6 Ratings
Galdino Pedron
Democracy was an overrated popularity contest and good enough while it lasted. A different system is emerging and taking its place.
53% certain
39% disagreement
30% desirable
27% disagreement
Political
6 Ratings
Alisa Belmas
As authoritarian countries face little consequence for their actions, incl war conflicts and human rights violations, authoritarian regimes gain a sense of empowerment. This is contributing to a decline in the democracy index worldwide.
82% certain
14% disagreement
2% desirable
3% disagreement
Political
7 Ratings
Alisa Belmas
As the number of climate refugees rises, there's a corresponding rise in populist movements in the countries that host these refugees.
63% certain
28% disagreement
8% desirable
7% disagreement
Political
7 Ratings
Room 1
We might witness a merit-based system for determining voting eligibility, potentially grounded in factors such as knowledge and education. To implement this, a balanced and equitable system would need to be developed to assess these qualifications and decide who is granted the right to vote.
17% certain
11% disagreement
18% desirable
23% disagreement
Political
6 Ratings
Room 1
Government systems evolve past the stage of mere popularity contests and focus on substantive policies and leadership qualities that truly benefit the public.
27% certain
22% disagreement
95% desirable
6% disagreement
Political
6 Ratings
Mariajosé
The integration of blockchain technology into government procedures can facilitate the elimination of corruption and enhance transparency. Consequently, this would allow citizens to more accurately assess and rate the performance of governments and political parties, leading to more informed decisio
46% certain
24% disagreement
63% desirable
12% disagreement
Social
6 Ratings
Room 1
We might see the perpetuation of the tragedy of commons, where individual self-interest undermines the well-being of the community as a whole.
70% certain
15% disagreement
20% desirable
13% disagreement
Political
8 Ratings
Galdino Pedron
An aggressive democratic system, akin to that of Switzerland, invites citizens to constantly vote on a wide array of issues, thereby ensuring persistent and direct public involvement in governance.
34% certain
25% disagreement
68% desirable
12% disagreement
Political
6 Ratings
Mariajose
We are transitioning from a representative democracy to a participative one, where governance becomes less centralized and citizens play a more active role in decision-making processes.
50% certain
24% disagreement
78% desirable
14% disagreement
Political
6 Ratings
Room 1
Incorporating public input into the formulation of public budgets will become the norm.
50% certain
23% disagreement
76% desirable
8% disagreement
Political
6 Ratings
Room 1
We might see a system of "extreme voting". Every decision is subject to a vote, allowing for exhaustive direct democratic participation.
23% certain
13% disagreement
36% desirable
21% disagreement
Political
5 Ratings
Isabel
Local politics will become more participatory and inclusive, while national and global issues are like a grand theatre of ever polarised opinions that only serve vested interests, as they do now. People will largely be appeased because their decentralised local governments work well.
53% certain
27% disagreement
47% desirable
28% disagreement
Political
4 Ratings
Isabel
The global south will turn fully on western democracies and often choose security over freedom. They will ally themselves with eastern players such as China and India and also Russia. The West will loose power to the East.
22% certain
28% disagreement
3% desirable
3% disagreement
Political
4 Ratings
Isabel
We will enter a new era of kingdoms, where the rulers in the Middle East hold all the economic cards. They control both renewables and oil reserves, and will expand their influence behind the curtains of western democracies.
58% certain
23% disagreement
9% desirable
9% disagreement
Political
4 Ratings
Derek
We need fundamental changes on the movement of people. Governments see us as assets to keep within borders. As a global society, we need to return the power and choice to the individual. Governments need to compete to have us, better infrastructure, living conditions, etc. We the people, where next?
61% certain
37% disagreement
58% desirable
31% disagreement
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uncertain
desirable
undesirable
Positive Expectations
Hopeful Dreams
Distant Threats
Expected Challenges
24 Opinions
142 Ratings
Resulting future scenarios
Based on their ratings, submitted opinions have been compiled into four distinct future scenarios, autonomously generated by artificial intelligence.
Positive Expectations
Redefining Democracy: A Future of Enhanced Citizen Participation
Expected Challenges
Rising Disillusionment Threatens Western Democracies
Hopeful Dreams
Blockchain Revolutionizes Democratic Governance
Distant Threats
Democracy 2025: Evolution and Challenges Ahead

Redefining Democracy: A Future of Enhanced Citizen Participation

Based on 4 opinions and 21 ratings.
View individual opinions in the Futures Canvas by filtering for the sector "Positive Expectations".
  • Future democracy may incorporate more nuanced citizen participation and representation, driven by grassroots movements.
  • International organizations could undergo restructuring to adapt to changing societal values and consensus challenges.
  • Governments may shift perception of citizens, vying for them with superior infrastructure and living conditions.

In the future, democracy might evolve to incorporate more inclusive, nuanced forms of citizen participation and representation. This change could emerge from the grassroots level, where the power of small communities could be amplified to better reflect public will. However, it's likely that such a shift won't solely be driven by artificial intelligence, but also by parallel discussions on vital pillars like education and corruption.

Globally, the future could bring a serious rethinking of the mandate of international organizations, which currently face unprecedented challenges to consensus-building. Possibly, a new model could emerge with fluid structures that adapt to shifting societal values and priorities.

A fundamental shift might also be on the horizon in the way governments perceive and treat their citizens. Instead of seeing them merely as assets to keep within national borders, they could begin to vie for their citizens by providing superior infrastructure, living conditions, and more. Thus, the power and choice might be returned to individuals on a global scale, ushering in an era where people can truly decide, "where next?"

Rising Disillusionment Threatens Western Democracies

Based on 10 opinions and 59 ratings.
View individual opinions in the Futures Canvas by filtering for the sector "Expected Challenges".
  • Western democracies face growing disillusionment due to economic and political inefficiencies, potentially leading to radical governance shifts.
  • Authoritarian regimes may grow stronger due to lack of consequences for their actions, possibly lowering global democracy index.
  • Local politics may become more inclusive and participatory, while Middle Eastern rulers could gain influence in Western democracies.

As we advance into the future, Western democracies may confront an escalating disillusionment among their citizens, fuelled by growing economic challenges and inefficiencies in politics. The ever-intensifying global crises, coupled with their increasing complexity, could serve to bolster populist and anti-democratic movements. Radical shifts in governance might be on the horizon, marked by a decline in democratic institutions and the emergence of alternate systems.

A sense of empowerment among authoritarian regimes could intensify, as these countries continue to face minimal consequences for their actions, including war conflicts and human rights abuses. This could contribute to a further decline in the global democracy index.

Simultaneously, the rise in climate refugees could correspond with an upsurge in populist movements in host countries. As individual self-interests begin to undermine community welfare, we might see a perpetuation of the tragedy of commons.

Local politics, however, could become more participatory and inclusive, even as national and global issues remain a stage for polarised opinions serving vested interests. The effective functioning of decentralized local governments could largely appease the populace.

Lastly, we may witness the dawn of a new era, wherein Middle Eastern rulers, controlling both renewable and oil reserves, could subtly extend their influence within the realms of Western democracies, essentially holding all the economic cards.

Blockchain Revolutionizes Democratic Governance

Based on 3 opinions and 20 ratings.
View individual opinions in the Futures Canvas by filtering for the sector "Hopeful Dreams".
  • Future government systems may focus more on substantive policies and leadership qualities.
  • Blockchain technology could boost transparency and eliminate corruption in government procedures.
  • Adoption of a more aggressive democratic system could ensure constant public involvement in governance.

In a future scenario, government systems could evolve beyond being simple popularity contests, instead focusing on substantive policies and leadership qualities that genuinely benefit the public. The integration of blockchain technology into government procedures might revolutionize the system by eliminating corruption and boosting transparency. This technological advancement could give citizens the ability to more accurately assess and rate the performance of governments and political parties, leading to more informed decisions. Furthermore, the adoption of a more aggressive democratic system, similar to that of Switzerland, might be considered. This would involve inviting citizens to constantly vote on a wide array of issues, thereby ensuring persistent and direct public involvement in governance. In such a future, the democratic process could become more transparent, accountable, and closely aligned with the will of the people.

Democracy 2025: Evolution and Challenges Ahead

Based on 4 opinions and 24 ratings.
View individual opinions in the Futures Canvas by filtering for the sector "Distant Threats".
  • Democracy in 2025 might evolve with a merit-based system measuring citizen quality for voting eligibility.
  • 'Extreme voting' could emerge, enabling exhaustive direct democratic participation but presenting logistical complexities.
  • The global south could prioritize security over freedom, aligning with eastern powers, reshaping the geopolitical landscape.

Scenario 2025: As we advance, democracy could evolve in thought-provoking ways. In the aim to optimize citizen participation, a merit-based system might be established that measures the quality of its citizens. Grounded in factors like knowledge and education, this system could potentially determine voting eligibility, fostering an informed and competent electorate. The creation of a balanced and equitable mechanism to assess these qualifications, however, remains a critical challenge.

Meanwhile, a shift toward 'extreme voting' could emerge, where every decision is subject to a vote, enabling exhaustive direct democratic participation. This could potentially eliminate the gap between representatives and citizens, yet might present logistical complexities.

Internationally, the global south could react against western democracies, prioritizing security over freedom. In this scenario, they might align more closely with eastern players such as China, India, and Russia. This could result in a considerable power shift from the West to the East, reshaping the geopolitical landscape. In this future scenario, the democratization process might be redefined, filled with transformative possibilities and intricate challenges.

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