People Decide, a relatively new political party whose main policy is participatory democracy, has announced its candidates for the upcoming Brisbane City Council.
Karel Boele, who was to have stood for the Ward of The Gabba (and attended our recent Meet the Candidates event in that capacity) has set his sights a little higher and is now one of eight candidates vying for the Lord Mayoralty.
Candidate for Lord Mayor
Karel ran in the 2015 Queensland State Election for South Brisbane and in the 2014 Griffith by-election.
He runs a business providing advice on community currencies and participatory democracy. He managed the development of legislation in the financial sector in Asia to create more transparency and accountability.
Karel enjoys nature, gardening and sport.
For more info www.karelboele.com
Candidate for The Gabba
Leon has lived in south Brisbane for 16 years of his life.
After meeting Karel he discovered a story he wanted to share. The creation of online democracy that we can all participate in. Real democracy where the people decide, not politicians. A democracy where people can vote directly on issues. No party politics, hidden deals and ulterior motives. Voting directly on issues you care about with the click of a button.
Leon is an entrepreneur, he has founded numerous startups and received a grant from the University of Queensland for one startup.
He has been a model and actor, including for 3 years in Latin America.
Leon has also worked in event planning, recruitment for the banking sector and debt collection.
He now manages his own business in hospitality in West End.
Candidate for Coorparoo
Gary is a software developer.
He obtained his Bachelor’s in Science with a major in Computer Science. He has worked in both industrial software engineering as well as web development, with almost 20 years of programming experience.
An avid fan of history, his curiosity about why egalitarian models of government have failed in the past has led him to the concept of participatory democracy.
He believes that expanding the voice of the people is the only thing that will end the stagnation and corruption currently ailing western democracies.
For more info, go to www.peopledecide.org.au or www.karelboele.com, or look for them on facebook or twitter.