- local consensus-building assemblies,
- politicians who bring the people’s decisions to Victoria,
- an end to government lobbying,
- exceptional openness.
1: LOCAL CONSENSUS ASSEMBLIES
Frequent assemblies are held in each electoral district, open to everyone in that region. These abandon the old formula of speeches, Q&A sessions, and voting. Instead: discussion, deliberation and consensus-building. Every person is each others’ equal. The elected politician can participate as a peer but holds no special status. Experienced group facilitators are used. The residents set the agenda and priorities, and they devise solutions to problems together.
2: THE ROLE OF ELECTED POLITICIANS
Each politician delivers the decisions made in these assemblies to Victoria. They discuss with the other elected members, and work together towards a common good. Consensus techniques are used in parliament too. Through discussion, they cross-pollinate ideas from one district to another. They report back to the assemblies. When the politicians in Victoria reach consensus, and have the agreement from their districts, policy or law is enacted.
3: LOBBYING AND SPECIAL INTERESTS
There would be no benefit to large powerful lobbying organizations from trying to influencing the government. The government exists to implement the wishes of the citizens as expressed through the local assemblies. If business leaders, students, seniors, or any other advocacy group wish to express their views, they do so as citizens in the open consensus assemblies.
4: EXCEPTIONAL OPENNESS
All assemblies are open to the district residents and video recordings of the proceedings are made available to everyone online. All meetings that politicians have are similarly broadcast and published online. Every email a politician writes in relation to governance or policy or law is automatically published online (with few exceptions).
- Unparty embraces the value system of consensus decision-making (equality, participation, collaboration, inclusion, agreement-seeking), not only as some concept for governance, but also in the operation of this party.
- Unparty’s goal is to be the most open party on Earth.