The inestimable Jimmy Wales, founder of the invaluable Wikipedia, about which I’ve blogged in the past, has launched a new venture in citizen participation, the Central Campaign Wikia. In his Mission Statement, Wales explains his purpose:
I am launching today a new Wikia website aimed at being a central meeting ground for people on all sides of the political spectrum who think that it is time for politics to become more participatory, and more intelligent.
This website, Campaigns Wikia, has the goal of bringing together people from diverse political perspectives who may not share much else, but who share the idea that they would rather see democratic politics be about engaging with the serious ideas of intelligent opponents, about activating and motivating ordinary people to get involved and really care about politics beyond the television soundbites.
This is what I was hoping to do when I created the pdparty.us site, but I had neither the software engineering skills, the time, or the position within the blogosphere to get any traction with that effort. Jimmy Wales is in a better position, at least with regard to the first and last of those characteristics, and I think what he’s begun has a decent chance of evolving into something as important as Wikipedia, and even more beneficial to our society. I’ve put a link to the pdparty.us site up on the Campaigns Wikia site, and I’m going to get the reverse link up as well. If I can figure out how to do it, I’ll try to integrate some of the ideas from the pdparty site into the emerging ideas on the Campaigns Wikia site.
I’ve joined the Campaigns Wikia mail list, and I’d urge you to do so as well. Register at the site, learn how to contribute to the discussions, and let’s see if we can get something going here that will take shape before the politicians and big media get a chance to grab it and throttle it.
I’m excited, and I’m encouraged.