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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.
  
==The project==
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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.
The Metagovernment project [[Mission and vision|supports]] internet [[active projects|tools]] to enable [[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]].
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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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We are a global community of people working on '''[[active projects|numerous projects]]''' which further this goal.
 
  
==Collaborative governance== <!-- or whatever we end up calling it -->
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Our forum is uniquely neutral ground. We enjoy an abundance of [[vision]]s which often makes for very lively discussions.
Collaborative governance is centered around [[basic principles|openness, inclusion, and freedom]]. It means that everybody on the planet regardless of any condition is:
 
* free to propose solutions and receive votes for them.
 
* free to vote on every issue of his/her concern, regardless of geography or scale.
 
* free to vote any time, any day and to change positions and votes at any time.
 
* free to delegate one's own and one's received votes to whoever one chooses; and to withdraw delegation at any time.
 
* free to [[Standardization#Free-range_voting|choose between different voting-tools]], have one's votes mirrored to all the others, and to filter and verify results.
 
* free to run one's own technical voting-infrastructure, independent of governments and other institutions; but connected to the rest of the voting network.
 
  
In all [[representative democracy|representative democracies]] (from national governments to condominium boards), political power is consolidated in the hands of a few elected officials. Most of us have little or no say in how those officials act.
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Please '''[[participate|join our community]]''' and help us to develop these next iterations of governance.
 
 
Metagovernment's solutions are [[collaborative governance|collaborative]], [[consensus]]-based, and [[synthesis]]-oriented. In this way, we avoid the traditional limitations of [[direct democracy]] and allow everyone to be involved without degrading into mob rule, tyranny of the majority, or demagoguery.
 
 
 
==Transition==
 
 
 
Collaborative governance is a new and rapidly evolving concept: it is not yet ready to take on the administration of huge national governments. Rather, we expect that small [[community|communities]] will be the early adopters. As these smaller groups use and adapt the software, we intend to evolve it to be able to handle larger and larger systems.
 
 
 
Adoption of collaborative governance requires no official mandate. An interested community may set up an instance of open source governance software and invite its members to begin using it. If the software is successful, they will eventually invite the entire community to switch its formal governance mechanism over to the software using the accepted mechanisms of the existing mechanism.
 
 
 
This transition scheme allows any community, from a small club to a large government to make the transition to collaborative governance.
 
 
 
You can take the first step in this transition by beginning to document your own goals and objectives in open format such as [[StratML]].  Then you can encourage others to do likewise, and the network effect can begin.
 
 
 
==You can make it happen==
 
Join us in building real democracy for everyone.  You can help by '''[[participate|participating]]''' in this project or by investigating and joining one of the many [[active projects]] which are involved in creating collaborative governance mechanisms.
 
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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.