Mission and vision

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Following are the mission statement and vision statement of the Metagovernment project. These statements are summaries of what can be found elsewhere on this site and in the archive, and are stated here in order to potentially help with the creation of a formal organization.

Mission

The mission of the Metagovernment project is to create and promote the use of software called Metascore which can act as the sole governance mechanism of any community.

Vision

The Metagovernment project envisions a world where every person, without exception, is able to substantively participate in any governance structure in which they have an interest. We intend for adoption of Metascore to start in small communities and to spread outward until it has replaced every institution of representative democracy with open source governance. We envision government which is not only more open, free, and democratic; but also which is more effective and less fallible than pre-internet forms of governance.

Basic Principles

See the basic principles page for more information. Please go to Talk:Basic principles to discuss the content of this page. Please do not change this page without first discussing.

The basic principles of the Metagovernment project are as listed below.

This project upholds basic principles consistent with those developed in the free and open source software and direct democracy movements.

Common principles

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.

Suggested principles

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.