Election campaigns and voting allow people to participate in politics, but only to a very limited extent. Various participatory options exist, including referenda, self-managing collectives, consensus decision-making, small-scale government units, and randomly selected decision-makers. Such options can be assessed using various criteria including participation, egalitarianism, empowerment, tyranny-resistance and deliberation. We need to consider strategies to promote a variety of participatory alternatives, paying special attention to ones that can be used as part of day-to-day practice.
Brian Martin is Professor of Social Sciences at the University of Wollongong, author of many books, and a long-time activist. Brian will talk for 30 minutes, then there will be open discussion.
For those who are interested, there is interesting material on Brian's website: http://www.bmartin.cc/index.html
You may like to read the following (on the Articles page of the Publications section):
"Reform -- when is it worthwhile?"
"Theory for activists"
Both of these articles have been previously published in anarchist journals.
Also, in the Schweik Action Wollongong section of the site, the first project mentioned: "Behind the activism" looks very practical.