Recently, information was leaked about the mass surveillance program in the US. One of the most interesting responses to this leak has been Restore the Fourth, a group of activists using reddit.com to organize.
Restore the Fourth is important for a number of reasons:
1. It doesn’t have a traditional leader. Many activist groups are led by a charismatic public figure that acts as the “face” of the movement. Restore the Fourth, however, is led by the members that take initiative. Whoever is contributing the best ideas and most effort leads the way.
2. They are using reddit to propose ideas and make decisions. In r/RestoreTheFourth, anyone can propose and vote on ideas. Using the reddit system of up and down votes, it is easy to see how the group feels about an idea. Instead of a leader making inefficient decisions about what the group wants, the group simply voices what they want by voting up and down.
3. They are getting things done. Some people cannot imagine an organization without official leadership making decisions, but top-down leadership is unnecessary when a group is using a voting platform like reddit. Instead of leaders selling ideas to the group, the group proposes the ideas, validates the ideas through voting, and then delegates tasks to individual contributors.
It is great to see Restore the Fourth using reddit to create a more accessible, decentralized and efficient organization. We hope more organizations follow their lead.
Visit r/RestoreTheFourth to learn more.