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The basic principles of the Metagovernment project are as listed below.
The following two principles are generally held by every group and person participating in this community.
- Government of, by, and for all the people – Anyone may contribute to any collaborative governance structure.
- Openness in everything – All aspects of governance will be as open as possible, under the principle of radical transparency. All software and systems used to run administrations will be free, open source software and systems.
The following two principles are held by some groups, and are suggested as mechanisms to make collaborative governance more sustainable in the long-term.
- Without consensus, there is no law – Unless consensus can be reached on how a policy could address an issue, then there will be no policy on that issue.
- Consensus through synthesis – When opposing views are presented, preference is always given to synthesis rather than either conflict or compromise.