Strange isn't it?
I think public affairs would be a lot more productive and enjoyable if we saw more forums along the lines of what we see in the Baha'i community. Compare contemporary examples of representative democracy with, for example, a Baha'i reflection meeting. Read how the Universal House of Justice describes these gatherings.
Key to the progress of an intensive program of growth is the phase dedicated to reflection, in which the lessons learned in action are articulated and incorporated into plans for the next cycle of activity. Its principal feature is the reflection meeting- as much a time of joyous celebration as it is of serious consultation. Careful analysis of experience, through participatory discussions rather than overly complex and elaborate presentations, serves to maintain unity of vision, sharpen clarity of thought and heighten enthusiasm. Central to such an analysis is the review of vital statistics that suggest the next set of goals to be adopted. Plans are made that take into account increased capacity in terms of the human resources available at the end of the cycle to perform various tasks, on the one hand, and accumulated knowledge about the receptivity of the population and the dynamics of teaching, on the other.I like this second option a lot better.
Message of the Universal House of Justice dated 27 December 2005