Can you give an example, perhaps using the “closely-held company” regulation, of how this new system and the platforms within it interact with the government to take something from the public sphere and make it into law?
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The “closely-held company law” was part of a redesign of the company law itself. It was just chosen because people generally saw it as a less controversial part of it. There are many other parts of company law that people in civil society and academia have long-wanted to discuss with the private sector, and maybe redesign.
The “closely-held” part is a pilot test of the process that could be used to engage the stakeholders, and be coordinated by the community. By “the community” we mean civil society, private sectors and the government working together to identify the controversial points, and then look at each other face-to-face in a way that does not waste the others’ time.
We used the Sunflower technology to record everything that happens during the negotiations. The meetings carry on from the previous meetings – there will not be a “groundhog day” with discussions going nowhere. The point here is not about the efficiency – we passed this law in four months; more controversial parts of the law may take longer to reform in the future – the point is that in each of those weekly meetings we built on the previous meeting, we didn’t start from scratch. That is the main point I want to get across.