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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 goal of the '''Metagovernment project''' is to make the governance of any [[community]] as accessible as a free software project. No one is required to participate, but everyone is allowed to participate, just as software developers can contribute to open source projects and editors can contribute to Wikipedia.
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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.
  
This form of governance, called [[open source governance]], does not entail [[voting]] or majority-rule. Instead, 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. Please explore this site for a deeper understanding of the mechanics of this system.
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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]].
  
The [[Metagovernment]] project governs and develops [[Metascore]], the software to aid and manage community-based open source governance systems. It is a global project in the [[startup]] phase, and we encourage you to [[participate]].
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Our forum is uniquely neutral ground. We enjoy an abundance of [[vision]]s which often makes for very lively discussions.
  
==Basic principles==
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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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''Discussion of the principles below should be conducted on the [[basic principles]] page.''
 
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==Transition==
 
 
 
Transitioning to open source governance is a process we hope to develop as part of the project, but cannot accurately predict. The following roadmap shows how open source governance may be peacefully instituted through existing institutions.
 
 
 
All open source governance structures begin only as communities decide to adopt them. If members of a community decide to use Metascore before the existing community has approved it, then things which are referred to as policies are not enforceable, and the open source administration has no power to use force, collect taxes, or otherwise exercise authority within its community.
 
 
 
When Metascore is used within communities, participants will periodically ask the existing authorities to cede power to the Metascore community. When any ruling body cedes power to the open source administration, the policies of the various levels of open source administration which affect the jurisdiction of the ceding government become real and enforceable, to the extent that they are not forbidden by a higher level of government which currently has established control of that area.
 
 
 
The first targets for transformation will be small communities. For example, you might adopt Metascore for governing your township, as a more efficient way of discussing decisions than voting and infrequent meetings at a town hall. You might even wish to use Metascore to run your local football league or social club: it can act as the governing body of any group of people, and proposes to be better, more inclusive, and more effective than any [[representative democracy]].
 
 
 
Communities around the world will be invited to form governmental websites with support through the guidelines and systems provided by the Metagovernment. We expect that over time, open source governance systems will be the universal form of government, replacing currently widespread representative democracies.
 
 
 
We do not expect governments, particularly national governments, to cede their authority in the near future. The intention of the 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 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. 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]] or perhaps to donate to possible nonprofit [[Startup/Organization|institutions]] which might act as the initial stewards of these governments. Any such initial nonprofit institutions should be viewed as transient and goal-oriented, to be dissolved once they are accomplished.  
 
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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.