Why this project is needed.
What are the goals of a healthy society? And are they being met best within the current system(s) of governance? If the answer was yes, this project wouldn't have been conceived.
Put simply, the project aims to explore and create new models of governance leveraging the technological efficiencies never-before available in the history of civilization, namely ubiquitous and pervasive inter-networking which has democratized masses of information and places everyone only a step away from each other, regardless of geography or the nation-state. This effort is called collaborative governance.
The drive to create the Internet and open, collaborative platforms like Wikipedia are two such indicators of society's desire for greater personal and community participation. These aren't the old fashioned communities of yesteryear, defined by physical geography or job location and organized around "civic pride"; these are *value* communities--people organizing themselves due to "psychic" proximity rather than geographic. With this abundance of interest, there arises the need (as well as opportunity) to effectively connect all these people and sift though the mounds of information that it generates. Here enters the metagovernment project.
The Internet and our global society are undergoing a radical experiment, evolving in parallel across many different internet locations. Each is fundamentally trying to answer the same question: How can one build an active community of upwards of a million users without centralized control? The question is being asked both politically and practically: It's simply not feasible to manually process and sift through everything using "old media" paradigms and methodologies, nor is it desirable. In an era where everyone can be their own publisher, one must give serious thought of how to give voice to all without drowning in chaos or capitulating to old-power techniques (see why free software is important and the comparison to economic protectionism).
One thing is clear: Our market system and democracy fall short of their ideals due to exploitation of information imbalances (see also Trust). Like any form of protectionism, this inefficiency hurts everyone--even, ultimately, the ones at the "top".
Finding ways to establish true merit, in real time, and the means in which to cultivate it and allocate decision-making authority are inherent in the notion of open governance as well as making an efficient marketeplace and thriving society.
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