A wiki where we the people can write our own federal and local legislation in lay language, to be submitted to our own representatives and potentially be enacted into law.
Ideally, you come to the page and the drafts of "our" legislation will be in various categories, ranked by:
who benefits (where and when, with maps),
who loses (where and when, with maps),
comment sections and voting everywhere for, regulatory feedback,
category (cancer, healthcare, waterways etc),
completeness of bill
Hopefully, each bill can be boiled down to
an argument of:
What will this legislation cost me (zip code, gender etc)?
What are it's perceived benefits?
All of the comments and components of the bill can be debated and voted on by participants. The best comments on it's cost and effects can be upvoted for easy visibility.
Hopefully, a site where you can in minutes:
1. complain ( aka. start to write legislation and what are you willing to pay to change it? Both of these could be done with radio buttons and checkboxes.)
2. View other bills (easily readable group synthesized cost benefit analysis)
Importantly, because it will be user generated it will not be in proper parliamentary form and legalese. This is so the ideas and effects behind the proposed changes can be clear to lay people in their own language (save time and prevent purposeful misinformation). When a majority conclusion is made that the ideas behind the legislation are complete, parliamentarians and lawyers, can help with the language submitted in the final draft. This legislation is then voted on by our reps.
This is one attempt to curb corruption in Washington. Due to representative and staff's time constraints, lobbyists now write many of "our" bills. It is my hope,that our reps will then be selected for their wisdom of judgement and executive skills rather than their "creativity" in drafting legislation.
I have read about an internet party representative in Australia, that votes how it's members vote on legislation, but in my estimation the largest barrier to a lay persons active participation in collective resource management is time.