Software Platforms To Enable Participatory Online Deliberation
"There are a wide variety of software platforms that are experimenting with better ways to facilitate group deliberations and decision-making. These programs t could have important implications for new types of governance. The more notable experiments include Loomio,  Democracy OS  and Liquid Feedback. 
The point of such systems is to enable direct, sustained and somewhat complicated discussions that can then clarify group sentiment and foster commitments that participants see as legitimate and meaningful."