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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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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.
  
This form of democracy, called [[open source governance]], does not entail traditional [[voting]] or majority-rule. Instead, people may help govern any community as much or as little as they wish by creating, discussing, and supporting proposals. 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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[[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 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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We explore, challenge, and collaborate with each other in the development of various ideas and technologies for these new [[collaborative governance|governance systems]].
  
==Basic principles==
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Our forum is uniquely neutral ground. We enjoy an abundance of [[vision]]s which often makes for very lively discussions.
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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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==How it works==
 
:''See the [[scoring system]] page for more detail.''
 
  
Metascore is intended to act as the replacement for the governance system of any community which currently relies on [[representative democracy]] for governance.
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Please '''[[participate|join our community]]''' and help us to develop these next iterations of governance.
 
 
Within any community, any person may propose a new policy, comment on an existing or proposed policy, or comment on other people's comments. Everyone is then invited to apply tags and scores to each proposal and each comment, which are then raised in prominence if they accrue higher scores.
 
 
 
Users are also invited to apply [[synthesis]] scores to proposals, which are a numerical statement of how well they believe a particular proposal synthesizes two or more other competing proposals. Synthesis scores allow a proposal to "steal" points from the proposals it synthesizes.
 
 
 
If a proposal attains a very high score (many positive scores and very few negative scores), it will be considered to have attained a [[consensus]] and then will become a policy of the community. If a community is not able to achieve a consensus on a proposal, they are encouraged to come up with a synthesis which will bring about a consensus. If that fails, the proposal may fall down to a smaller sub-community where it can achieve consensus. That smaller community may then work further on the proposal until they find a way to make it acceptable to the larger community.
 
 
 
==Transition==
 
 
 
At first, we intend for Metascore to be used in very small communities such as clubs, interest groups, and other small or newly-formed organizations. From these small communities, we intend to get a better idea of how the process works in the real world. We will then adapt the software accordingly to enable it to scale to larger and larger communities.
 
 
 
At that point, we expect that Metascore will become an attractive governance mechanism for larger communities. Members of those communities may set up an instance of Metascore [[adhocracy|ad hoc]], without formal approval from the larger community. As more members of that community begin to use that instance of Metascore, they will eventually invite the entire community to switch its formal governance mechanism over to the Metascore instance. In this way, any community, from a small club to a large government can transition to open source governance.
 
 
 
When any ruling body cedes power to the Metascore instance, 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.
 
 
 
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 their goals are accomplished.
 
 
 
==How you can help==
 
The Metascore software is still in the development stage. However, you can help right now by following any of the suggestions on the [[participate]] page.
 
 
 
If you would like to be actively involved in the development of Metascore and the Metagovernment project, please visit the [[startup]] page for information on how to join. If you join the list server, be sure to familiarize yourself with the list server [[archive]] before jumping in with questions and suggestions.
 
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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.