E. Glen Weyl

Open-Source Institutions Talks I

July 29-31, 2020

Organized by Center for Advanced Studies – South East Europe

The intelligence of the next generation of European institutions hinges on a system of technologically-mediated participatory policy-making and problem-solving.

The Center for Advanced Studies – South East Europe (University of Rijeka) is currently developing a project in collaboration with RadicalxChange Foundation, which will test and examine several variants of vTaiwan model for open-source governance in the context of European institutions. For purposes of developing this project, we have organized a series of talks on the relevant contemporary developments in institutional designs that utilize collective intelligence.

The first workshop featured a CAS SEE Weekly Seminar talk by E. Glen Weyl on the work and vision of the RadicalxChange Foundation, which has taken place on July 30th, 2020.

The second workshop was led by Anne de Zeeuw, who presented the work of Netwerk Democratie, an organization dedicated to building technologically-assisted participatory democracy.

Finally, the third workshop introduced Aleksandar Šušnjar from the University of Rijeka, who presented the Young Universities for the Future of Europe network. This is meant to enable a conversation about the development of the project in the context of new European universities as the test site for the next generation of intelligent institutions in Europe.

The workshop ended with the presentation of the project rationale and methodology draft by CAS SEE researchers developing the project.

PROGRAM:

29. 7.  

 

Anne de Zeeuw: Netwerk Democratie

Aleksandar Šušnjar (University of Rijeka):

Young Universities for the Future of Europe

30. 7. CAS SEE Weekly Seminars /

E. Glen Weyl: RadicalxChange

31. 7. Sanja Bojanić, Kristina Stojanović-Čehajić, Marko-Luka Zubčić, Vladan Šutanovac
(Center for Advanced Studies South East Europe):
Towards Open-source Institutions in Europe – The Rationale and the Method

 

(The workshop is a part of the “AI and Democracy” program, funded by the University of Rijeka.)

CAS SEE Weekly Seminars with Guests – E. Glen Weyl

RadicalxChange (RxC) is a global movement advancing plurality, community, and equality through investigating and experimenting with innovative institutional designs for upgrading democratic decision-making, property regimes, markets, data economy, and collective intelligence management.

Sparked by E. Glen Weyl’s research into social technologies for widely-shared prosperity and cooperation under diversity, RxC has since developed into a research agenda and a social movement gathering social scientists, technologists, artists, activists, and entrepreneurs dedicated to discovering institutional mechanisms conducive to fair, prosperous and equal pluralistic societies.

In his talk for CAS SEE, E. Glen Weyl presented the evolving vision of RxC, first outlined through the series of fundamental reforms to existing democratic and capitalist institutional orders presented in his 2018 book with Eric Posner, Radical Markets: Uprooting Capitalism and Democracy for a Just Society. These included Quadratic Voting, as a voting mechanism which allows people to communicate the degree and not only direction of their preference; Common Ownership Self-Assessed Tax, as a new property system which would block the formation of monopolies while producing higher increased returns and greater social wealth, shared equally by all; and Data as Labour, which would compensate citizens for their data and, moreover, allow them to collectively bargain for a fair data wage.

Aside from being the Founder and Chair of the RadicalxChange Foundation, E. Glen Weyl is Microsoft’s Office of the Chief Technology Political Economist and Social Technologist (OCTOPEST), advising Microsoft’s senior leaders on the relationship between the global political economy and the future of technology and leading a group of socially-engaged communicator-researchers who are working to imagine and communicate a pluralistic future for technology that empowers human collaboration, creativity and communication. Glen’s work focuses on “political economy”, a philosophically-inclined field of inquiry that gave birth to modern economics, sociology, and political science, as a way to build “social technology”, algorithmic designs for social institutions. He has developed these ideas through academic research in a range of fields, for example articles published in the American Economic Review, Science, the Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Economics and Computation, the Harvard Law Review and Politics, Philosophy and Economics and has taught at Princeton and Yale. Following Radical Markets: Uprooting Capitalism and Democracy for a Just Society, his work has moved significantly beyond research and he increasingly helps mobilize activist groups, consults for governments and political parties, advises start-ups (especially in the blockchain space) and collaborates with artists.

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