Karel Boele started PD to form a real alternative to government. To make it more representative, effective, efficient and stable. Participatory democracy has been a passion of his for decades.
The first known attempt in Australia at internet direct democracy was the Real Democracy Byron Shire (RDBS) group who designed a prototype system and tried to convince local council to adopt it in the early-2000s. Karel became friends with some of the original members of RDBS in the mid-2000s. After receiving his Masters in Strategic Affairs at ANU, Karel founded and is director of Jnana Australia, Australia’s first consultancy specialising in complementary currency and participatory democracy.
Separately and with no association to RDBS, Berge Sarkissian started Senator Online, now Online Direct Democracy for the 2007 federal election. Coincidently, Berge and Karel met and Berge engaged Karel to be campaign director for Senator Online in the lead-up to the 2013 election.
Feeling the need for a participatory democracy group interested in increasing peoples’ responsibilities in life, to create more awareness, education and engagement in society. A strong focus on ensuring an informed vote and funded by the people, Karel started PD with the help of some of the founding members of RDBS. The aim is to develop participatory democracy in Australia in a strategic and well-thought out way. PD and Senator Online are not associated in any way.
PD has no political affiliations. Individual candidates have their own views, you may feel Karel comes across as a pragmatic idealist if there is such a thing, but they are contracted to vote with the people.