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Redesign technology to become a mayor tool and method to enhance Democracy offering equal opportunities to all.

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Democracy Sustaining Technology
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In daily use Reduction till nill by replacing a product by a service Applicable in modern as well as in poor economies Research Research Rural as well as urban.

A "Democracy Sustaining Technology" should be a mayor tool and method to enhance Democracy. It should offer equal opportunities to all. Every step in development of such a technology offers still better use of resources, functional effectiveness, mentally and socially rewarding and takes less time and effort and remains within sustainable boundaries.
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By learning through experimentation on approaches which are fundamentally different from how things are going now, new solutions can be created. This must combine Social, Technical, and Economic realms. Gained knowledge is then shared, used and updated through open source knowledge systems. Demotech creates an environment for student and professional creative energies towards such experimentation.
Demotech develops a general approach and creates examples which clarify and illustrate this approach. People are trained to apply it for practical use, as well as in instructing people to train others.

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  • Using Technology to Deepen Democracy
    Review of the book:Future Democracy | Jamais Cascio
    Dale Carrico consistently comes up with some of the most perceptive and novel observations about life in the rapidly-evolving 21st century. He's one of the originators of the concept of technoprogressivism, which can best be defined by the subhead of his blog Amor Mundi: "Using Technology to Deepen Democracy, Using Democracy to Ensure Technology Benefits Us All." Dale's critiques of those who wish to shun technologies that might disrupt the social status quo, and of those who wish to shun the social context for the technological endeavors, are both insightful and compelling.
  • About works from a simple premise: that the tools, models and ideas for building a better future lie all around us. That plenty of people are working on tools for change, but the fields in which they work remain unconnected. That the motive, means and opportunity for profound positive change are already present. That another world is not just possible, it's here. We only need to put the pieces together.
    Therefore, we focus on resources that help people collaborate and cooperate, for we believe that collaborative technologies and cooperative models are the keys to working together more effectively, and that working together is the revolution that is changing the world.
    For the same reason, we have a clear bias towards democracy, human rights and civic freedoms, for we believe that, however imperfect, these are the best guidance mechanisms we know of for charting a better course.
  • Welcome to the Designing for the 21 Century Initiative Website
    Design is a central activity within many different fields, for example engineering, architecture, fashion, applied arts, business, computing and communications. Extending design knowledge involves research that makes connections between these disciplines. In the UK the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) both have remits, which include the interests of these disciplines within Higher Education Institutions.

    This website explains how the initiative is structured over a five-year period from 2005-2009; the activities that it is supporting and how interested parties can become involved. Details of two important forthcoming activities can be accessed below:

    Phase 2 Research Project Call: Closing Date 6 April 2006. Details available at>

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