All are created equal. The goal of the Metagovernment project is to make the governance of any community as accessible as a free software project; not everyone must participate, but no one should be denied the ability to participate. Why is such a project necessary?
Diversity is encouraged. However, we also know that each individual is unique. Dissent is kept in check and balanced by the concept of universality--that ultimately, we can all agree to what is fair given sufficient information and empathy. The structure of the wiki is meant to evolve so as to facilitate the arrival to consensus. Diversity makes for a rich and engaging society.
Yet, unity is also required for harmony. Diversity by itself merely produces chaos. In order to create a rich, sustainable society it must be bounded. This binding is traditionally called a constitution--a blueprint that holds the values of society.
People may help govern any community as much or as little as they wish by creating, discussing, and supporting resolutions. User input is weighed by other users through a scoring system and brought to the attention of other participants interested in that input.
The integrity of the system is assisted by preserving all history and keeping it freely and easily accessible.
- Open Democracy. No individual is inherently superior to another.
- Law by Consensus. Let no law be enforced unless consented to by all.
- Consensus by Synthesis.
- Radical Transparency. Transparency keeps accountability.
It is a global project with far-reaching consequences. This is only a beginning and you are encouraged to participate.