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People Speak – Who Wants to Be?

As the world meets in Copenhagen to discuss Climate Change, an art collective is inviting you to decide your own fate

Written by Valerie Pezeron

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The People Speak is an arts and technology collective with a very good idea; it is inviting the world to decide its own fate in the most important game show on the planet and why not take part?!
To tie in with the visit of world leaders to Copenhagen, order on Friday 18th December Who Wants to Be…? will see a live audience of 400 in the Danish capital and thousands of people around the world invest €5 each and discuss and vote on how to spend the budget they have created in the interests of saving the planet. The game show gives people a new way of making global decisions and financing them with real money, ask allowing the participants to have a very real influence on the environmental issues world leaders are considering at the United Nations Climate Change conference.
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The art world is currently experiencing awakening of a sort and The People Speak fit into this new trend of art and ecology. Still, they are one of a kind; a London-based collective founded in 2004 by Mikey Weinkove and Saul Albert, with an ever-expanding group of highly talented specialists. They are committed to developing tools and technologies for participatory art and media, bringing people together for spontaneous conversation and creative exchange. They were recently featured in US Now, a film project about the power of mass collaboration, government and the Internet. Their latest project has been well road tested as Who Wants to Be…? has been performed for the last three years throughout the UK.

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With the measly sum of € 5 just about anyone in this world with access to the Internet can take part in the People Speak’s latest extravaganza; a dangerously democratic game show that turns Who Wants to Be a Millionaire on it head! Entitled Planetary Pledge Pyramid the game show is a platform for people’s own ideas on how to save the planet, with a live audience of around 400 people in Copenhagen and thousands more taking part across the globe and London has a prime role to play. Here is the way it works: the whole audience discusses and votes on how to spend the budget they have created in the interests of saving the planet. The game show gives people a new way of making global decisions and financing them with real money, allowing the participants to have a real influence on the environmental issues world leaders are considering at the United Nations Climate Change Conference.

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Every idea put forward by players will be instantly visualised on a giant screen in the auditorium in Copenhagen and online. Using an ‘ask the audience ‘ computer vision voting system, participants can dictate the agenda of the evening, take part in rigorous debate and voting to change the world. In previous game shows players have decided to collectively buy and won a small piece of woodland, commission a democracy bench for an East London park and most recently, buy a generator to power a clinic in Zambia.

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Here is a perfect chance to make a real difference with a constructive debate for anyone serious about climate change issues; meaning you, dear Amelia’s magazine reader. At each of these events, the audience has elected to invest in something creative, innovative and sustainable. To find out how to pledge 5 euros and participate on the 18th of December, (which is tomorrow! from 19 to 20.30 pm ) please visit the website or if you have a Facebook account, you can play the planetary pledge pyramid game to cast your vote, invite friends and suggest new ideas to address climate change!

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