It is the goal of the Cascadia movement is to establish an accountable and democratic partnership between communities within Cascadia to foster greater direct and delegative democracy among the peoples of Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. We seek to harness innovation to engage with citizens to take a more active role in their government. By working to give every person and community a real voice and outlet in which to help us constructively build our society, we enable every citizen to play a key role in the governing process.
In one of the most innovative regions of the world, with one of the highest living standards, we can and must do better. Cascadians believe in local democracy, decentralizing existing centralized power structures, using delegates rather than representatives, and an infusion of democracy into a representational system. We support incorporating policies that have been successful from around the world and here at home to bring our government into the 21st century. In addition, we believe in using peer reviewed and data driven metrics for policies that are accountable and transparent, and allow for every person to substantially participate in the issues that most affect their lives.
We have 5 primary focuses in this area:
- Increasing citizen and community empowerment, participation and representation
- Implementing new models of government that are decentralized, delegative, democratic and open source.
- Increasing transparency and accountability in all governing
- Using peer reviewed data to assess and support decision making, impacts and outcomes
- An informed electorate, with access to easily traceable and non-manipulated news & information
We conceives of a world where every person, without exception, is able to substantively participate in the governance of any facet affecting their life. Every person deserves the right to vote on issues impacting their life, regardless of income, geography, background or ability. We envision a governance which is not only necessarily more open, free, and democratic but also which more effectively communicates, responds and represents an innovative populace to dynamically respond to the increasing demands of a 21st century working environment. By incorporating lightweight and flexible decentralized democratic principles, this idea of collaborative governance has the potential to be a versatile tool for being the most efficient means of collective action.
We support every initiative that increases representation for our inhabitants or that removes barriers to access in government. This includes supporting measures like Star voting, electing Cascadian delegates who directly represent the views of their watersheds, supporting policies for increased direct democracy, removing influences of money or any special interest, and supporting data driven good governance policies.