Peter Monien is a ‘political refugee’ from Germany who lives in Switzerland. He has become increasingly disenchanted with what politicians are deciding in the name of the people and are doing with public funds, mostly unknown to the electorates they pretend to represent. After the 2007 financial crisis (and the subsequent lack of accountability at every economic and political level), he has lost faith in mainstream politics.
Peter’s attempts to understand what led to these catastrophic outcomes, which are evidently not in the best interests of the average citizen, drove him to become a systems thinker in order to better understand the complex interrelated and interdependent parts of our political systems, with a view to effecting urgent change.
In August 2018, Peter decided to step forward and develop a new, truly democratic counterproposal to the current entrenched political system.
This journey led him over the political precipice and into the abyss of current political systems, arriving at an analysis of their weaknesses in order to propose a range of possible solutions that play to the strengths of true democracy.
The results of his research and proposal for a new kind of grassroots democratic political party, the ‘Proxy Party,’ can be found in his books Upgrading Democracy and Achieving True Democracy.
Peter’s broad background in banking, economics, business administration, including market development and sales, gives him a unique insight into business and communications systems. As systems thinker and co-founder and former board member of the largest German freelancer cooperative, Peter is uniquely equipped to formulate and deploy actionable ideas that positively impact large-scale organizations, institutions and processes. Since 2014, he has been looking into how decentralized systems can be applied to achieve these goals for a fairer and more egalitarian society.