Between October and December 2010, the first deliberative field experiment in Swiss direct democracy was conducted. The issue of the online experiment was the expulsion initiative („Ausschaffungsinitiative”) of the Swiss People’s Party (SVP) and the counterproposal of the government and parliament. The expulsion initiative was an emotionally charged issue with a populist dimension, and as such perhaps not well suited for reasoned discussion. At the same time, it is precisely this kind of direct democratic vote where deliberation is perhaps most needed.
Developing a Framework for a Mental Health Strategy for Canada was a project started by the Mental Health Commission of Canada that took place from June 2008 until September 2009. The goal of the project was to increase awareness of the issue of mental health to the nation and to create and frame an official strategy for the country of Canada to adhere to, in order to properly address the issue as a unified nation.
Direct Democracy SA is an attempt to reform the South African electoral system by using citizen advocacy to convince currently elected politicans to commit to greater consultation with and accountability to the public, and to promote legislation to create a more democratic and representational electoral system.