As you have probably heard, Iceland is crowd-sourcing its constitution and encouraging members of the public to make contributions on drafts through Facebook.
Their contributions have to be approved before they can become part of the constitution, and I see this as an enlightened move. Providing the process is genuinely open, so that people can see how their contributions can potentially make a difference.
I think it would be good if people who made individual contributions that are accepted receive some form of accreditation. Imagine being able to tell your grandchildren that you helped shaped the country’s constitution and being able to prove it!
Iceland has seen the future, and other countries should learn from this innovative online initiative. So long as it is not gimmicky, but actually does engage with citizens in an open and cooperative way, then I think there is a chance that new models of organisation and government could emerge. Of course it has to be managed properly, and leaders need to embrace and encourage these initiatives. In particular this would appeal to younger people who are naturally embracing social networks and for whom it is second nature to be collaborating online.
What I like about it too is that it opens up the possibility for debate. Too often debate gets distorted through the traditional media channels, and new ideas could surface by using social networks.