Are you really able to think in a new way ? Test your Agility


Steve Denning, a management guru, has written exactly about that in Forbes : Scrum Is A Major Management Discovery.
He has summerized very well why Agile can be applied to others domains, and beyond the IT one, giving some real examples in successfull firms. 
Then the extension of Agile from management in firms to politics was indeed pretty obvious : the Manifesto for Agile Development of Democracy was born.

Agile is about accepting a new way of thinking. If you are already a really convinced Agile practitioner, then you will have no problem to understand and accept the MDAD principles. MDAD is also a kind of a test of your maturity in Agile : are you ready in your mind to accept this new way of thinking, really ? 


How Agile enhances the civic process

When new ideas are floating on the air, some minds are ready to catch them, anywhere they are.

I just discovered this evening the practical work described by Gery Kirk in July 2011 : "Democracy unleashed: bringing agility to citizen engagement". His  insight report community engagement is indeed one possible (among many others) application of the principles described in the Manifesto for Agile Development of Democracy. It is worth a read !

You may prefer to modify some of Gery's recommendations to best fit in your own case. That's why I have written the Manifesto for Agile Development of Democracy, to serve as a guide for any possible customisation of agile democracy practices. Some of the principles are always mandatory (for instance principle 12), others are not. But the more principles you will be able to follow, the more effective and democratic your engagement will be.