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A reflection – creating a democratic process

I have talked on this matter before. My thoughts are ever evolving! This is what I think is important at this stage in our community…

As we move forward there will be many decisions that need to be made. If we want the best for our whole community we need to hear the voice of everyone. The technology exists for making it simple to hear everyone’s voice.

My idea is that everyone from say age 12 upwards has a vote in this community. It would be set up in such a way that the voting process would be easy. My vision is that we as a community would create new habits around voting. Imagine people with their morning coffee sitting down at the computer each day to see what issue might need their opinion/vote that day. It could be a yes/no vote, but at other times it might be ‘where do you sit with this on a scale from 1 -10?’ type vote. This latter would allow the initiators of the question to see whether more clarity was required to get a meaningful vote, and it could also give feeling type responses. Maybe there could be a group of people from across the whole community as the conduit for the questions. There are plenty of people in Lyttelton who have the skills to check that questions are unambiguous and without slant in the wording.

Computers dedicated to the voting system could be set up in all public spaces for those who don’t have home access to computers. A buddy system could be set up for those who don’t use this form of technology.

If we were able in some way to access the voting list from CCC or from the electoral role for all residents in the area, that would be a start. To that we could add young people.

Research shows that a large and diverse group makes better decisions than a smaller and maybe single issued group can make.

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South Korea learns from Lyttelton

Marg Korea

When time bank organisers in South Korea heard of a conference being organised to talk about empowering communities in the wake of disaster they suggested Margaret Jefferies be invited to speak on the experiences with disaster in Lyttelton/Christchurch.

The host of the forum was looking for a case where victims actively participated as agents of social reconstruction and healing.
Margaret travelled with Project Lyttelton board member Anne Mackay in November to attend the conference and visit time banks in South Korea.

The conference was hosted by the 4.16 Foundation, and it addressed “Contemplating Victims Rights in a Risk Society”

“The 4.16 Foundation has formed around the Seawol,” Margaret said.

“They wanted to look at “How can we prevent disasters, how can we manage them better?’,” she said.

Many in the audience were families of the children killed in the 2014 Sewol tragedy and were new to the concept and practice of time banking.
The first day was visits to the memorial sites, the second day was the presentations and the third day was questions and answers.
The overloaded South Korean ferry MV Seawol capsized on April 16, 2014 with 476 passengers on board. Three hundred and four people died including 250 children who were out on a school trip.
Many families of victims still feel angry at the inadequate response and lack of accountability on all levels.
Margaret presented a talk, ‘Recent disasters in New Zealand and how we are coping in a humane way’, on the role the Time Bank played in the aftermath of the earthquakes. She also spoke on her work with the Christchurch Muslim community about moving forward together in an empowered way after the March 15 terrorist attack. Read Margaret’s talk here
Margaret said the the people were beautiful and the memorials were very moving.
“There were people from other disasters there too. It sounds heavy but it wasn’t really. It was about seeing patterns and overcoming them,” Margaret said.
Margaret welcomed the interest shown in time banking at the conference.
“It was really good having Anne there too with her legal background, particularly with questions around some of the legal aspects of the disasters,” Margaret said.
The rest of the trip was meeting with people from time banks in Seoul and Gumi.
The time banks in South Korea have been set up to work with specific communities.
In Seoul the church based time bank focuses a lot of its efforts around people with special needs, the church community has also pooled money to buy a house for youth accommodation.
“It’s very practical, big stuff really,” Margaret said.
The time bank in Gumi is associated with a senior club. It’s very active with around 1800 members.
“A scheme in South Korea sees seniors paid for up to 15 hours a month if they want to continue work, and if they do more they can do it through the time bank,” Margaret said.
“It’s really interesting seeing different time banks using the same tools different ways.”