With consistent and quick reforms, instead of superficial cosmetics, we can make our democracies “Fit for Future”. Push for more real democracy. Renew decision-making from the bottom up. No blinkers and more creativity. Less power politics and career lifts. Dialogue as the mother tongue of humanity. More innovative thinkers and leaders.
No ideologies, but instead real pragmatism.
In other words, a vitalization of the party structures, for example, by: Establishing “Mission Future” working groups at the community, regional and statewide levels. Election of a “Mission Future Representative” in the executive committees. Establishing an online network modeled on Taiwan (SI.taiwan.gov.tw; sandbox.org.tw), involving all members and experts. Virtual meetings with decision- makers every month on an important topic. Video-discussions and online voting on all issues and candidates. At all party congresses, new ideas are discussed widely and openly in “Future and Creativity Workshops”. “Future Conventions” on important topics with a diverse selection of opinions, experts and free discussion. Annual adaptation of rigid party programs with a comprehensive list of concrete proposals and activity reports on when and what was implemented as well as how and by whom, instead of the usual wishful thinking. An “Annual Future Report”. Promoting new thinkers and future shakers and movers. Comprehensive mentoring programs for young talent at the regional and statewide level. As a politician, seek out several young talents in your party. Promote these talents over many years. Get them mandates. They will hardly make it on their own.
Half of the safe places on the national lists for elections should be filled with especially qualified people who give the parties fresh impetus.
Every elected official must prove that he or she has shown new creative ways and has demonstrably driven their implementation.
Half of the speaking time at party conventions must be used to present new concrete suggestions and plans and the corresponding reasons.
Most politicians should no longer sit in parliaments for the rest of their lives as professional politicians but should more often return to their old jobs in business and administration after two terms, and vice versa. We need more fluctuation between politics, society and business.
No more donations to the parties, but only to selected young talents with character demonstrating courage for shaping the future.