Thanks for the suggestions.
To echo @Sven_the_Barbarian's points, we've thought a lot about applying IBDD to Flux itself, but we've held back for a few reasons.
First: we're still getting established - so if we can't get other parties (esp in other countries) spun up that stay true to what IBDD is then it's probably not a great idea to get rid of the top-down nature of Flux just yet.
Second: IBDD is pretty technical and directed, and has a fair bit of philosophy baked in too - if we can't keep that aligned then we run the risk of everything coming crashing down, which would be bad. In terms of the best chance of success, we think protecting it at an early stage is important.
Third: IBDD itself isn't super well suited to highly aligned organisations, rather it excels in an ecosystem of decisionmaking (like regular governance). So it's probably not best to run everything through IBDD. I actually did intend to run the NVB that way back in April/May 2015 (NVB was the previous name of Flux: nvbloc.org)
Fourth: the time and labour requirement behind Flux is quite large. Especially around elections. Typically in that environment you'd need very available individuals and through our experience most of our volunteers don't have the sort of availability for leadership since it's a full time job. If we open it up too much we run the risk of misallocating resources.
Fifth: Decision making simply slows things down, and given the previous points it's something that's hard enough to accommodate as it is.
Also, running a country is very different to running a party - least of all because on the one hand you're dealing with an organisation far more akin to a company, and on the other hand the policy of each body has its 'polarity' reversed. By that I mean most decisions made by a government aren't to do with running the government, but most decisions made by a party are about the party. There's obviously policy positions (sort of a middle ground I guess) but since we're neutral on policy we don't have that.
There are a few more reasons as well, but I do want to cover the positives:
Test the software - this is pretty self explanatory. Hopefully within the next month we'll have a test democracy set up which will help too.
Engagement with members - we've not been great at this point, and it is something we'd like to get better at. It's definitely on the road map to increase engagement, but it's mostly a budget/time issue at the moment.
Experiment - this is definitely something we want to start doing anyway, so having the early parties in Australia provides us with the groundwork from which we can start that experimentation. WA went very well, so we're looking to replicate that success as best we can (and make improvements, ofc).
Smoother path 'through the ranks' - the primary way Nathan and I have found members we think are good for leadership positions is through the establishment of parties or people getting in touch and helping out consistently. By democratising the party a bit we'd smooth that road.
In any case, when Flux is really up and running we will need much better ways to self-manage the party and movement, so figuring out exactly how to do that is a real priority, just not the most pressing one right now.