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A myriad of public [[decision]]s are made each year that affect the quality of our lives, the health of our biosphere, and the welfare of future generations. Regrettably, these decisions are often made without our participation.
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The [[mission and vision|mission]] of the '''Metagovernment project''' is ''to support the development and use of Internet tools which enable the members of any [[community]] to fully participate in the governance of that community.'' We are a global group of people working on [[active projects|various projects]] which further this goal.
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[[Metagovernment]] is a community of people who are exploring and developing various technologies that would allow citizens to be directly involved in the discussions and decisions that affect them most.
  
We expect governance software to be firstly adopted in '''small communities''' and to spread outward with the potential to gradually replace many institutions of [[representative democracy]] with '''[[collaborative governance]]'''.  
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We explore, challenge, and collaborate with each other in the development of various ideas and technologies for these new [[collaborative governance|governance systems]].
  
We conceive a world where every person, without exception, is able to substantively participate in any governance structure in which they have an interest. We envision governance which is not only more open, free, and democratic; but also which is more effective and less fallible than pre-Internet forms of governance.
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Our forum is uniquely neutral ground. We enjoy an abundance of [[vision]]s which often makes for very lively discussions.
  
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Please '''[[participate|join our community]]''' and help us to develop these next iterations of governance.
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''I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions, but laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.''
 
— [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Jefferson Thomas Jefferson], 1816.
 
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==Participating projects==
 
Numerous projects are involved in this project and others are welcome to join. See the list of [[active projects]] for members of the Metagovernment project. All other similar projects are welcome and encouraged to join by subscribing to the [[Startup]] list and introducing themselves. See [[Related projects]] for a list of projects which are generally within the scope of this community.
 
 
 
Through collaboration, we hope member projects can share ideas, learn from each other, and perhaps eventually work toward a modicum of [[standardization]] in governance software or in parts of it (such as allowing for portability of users and/or proposals).
 
 
 
Individuals also are welcome and encouraged to [[participate|join us]].
 
 
 
==Basic principles==
 
:''Discussion of the principles below should be conducted on the [[basic principles]] page.''
 
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==Transition==
 
 
 
We anticipate that open governance software will most effectively be used in communities organized around a common theme. From these small communities, we intend to get a better idea of how the process works in the real world and adapt our projects accordingly to enable software to scale to larger and more diverse communities.
 
 
 
Members of those communities may simply set up an instance of open source governance software and invite members of that community to begin using the software, they will eventually invite the entire community to switch its formal governance mechanism over to the new form. In this way, any community, from a small club to a large government can transition to open source governance.
 
 
 
We do not expect governments, particularly national governments, to cede their authority in the near future, but the expectation of Metagovernment and its associated communities is to gradually make a governance system so superior to the status quo — and so compellingly, unprecedentedly democratic — that the people will simply demand a change to this form of government. In states which claim to be built on democratic principles, the people should be able to peacefully transform their government through the mechanisms of that government or even more gradually through attrition. In less democratic states, the transition may take longer, but open source governments innately are protected from brutal force, as they do not have a single leader or a single physical presence.
 
 
 
Until an open source government has the power to collect taxes or otherwise raise funds, members may be invited to act under the principles of [[adhocracy]].
 
 
 
==How you can help==
 
There are many ways you can help, as detailed on the '''[[participate]]''' page.
 
 
 
==Contact==
 
The email address of this project is contact(at)metagovernment(dot)org.
 

Latest revision as of 16:27, 30 August 2017

A myriad of public decisions are made each year that affect the quality of our lives, the health of our biosphere, and the welfare of future generations. Regrettably, these decisions are often made without our participation.

Metagovernment is a community of people who are exploring and developing various technologies that would allow citizens to be directly involved in the discussions and decisions that affect them most.

We explore, challenge, and collaborate with each other in the development of various ideas and technologies for these new governance systems.

Our forum is uniquely neutral ground. We enjoy an abundance of visions which often makes for very lively discussions.

Please join our community and help us to develop these next iterations of governance.