Resolutions for NZ: Democracy doesn't work, we need a change
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New Year's resolutions for NZ
My New Year's resolution for New Zealand is to encourage its citizens to discover new ways to makes decisions as a nation.
Our current model of hierarchical governance has taken us through an evolutionary phase of industrial and corporate expansion, where the masses deferred responsibility to those thinkers who could best maximise economic growth.
This has led the world to where it is today, with the formation of the European Union and proposals such as the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement.
It has also resulted in a form of democracy in many countries around the world, including New Zealand, where there is a depressing level of apathy for national and local body governance, particularly those from the younger generations.
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Somehow, this trend has to be reversed and we have to get all citizens to feel connected to a new decision-making process where social and humanistic values, other than the traditional economic measures, are given greater priority.
We have to find ways to enable our citizens to become much more aware of important societal influences and to make informed choices around values and beliefs that go much deeper than superficial economic principles. They are often too easily influenced by self-centred motivations.
Finding these new ways of governance will be challenging and will introduce levels of uncertainty that many may find difficult to face.
However, as with Brexit and the recent US presidential elections, the world does not cease to function when a groundswell of citizens choose to challenge the ingrained and stale establishment thought process.
I hope New Zealand has a happy and prosperous 2017 (and not just in the pure economic sense).
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