Mission and vision
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.
The Metagovernment project envisions a world where every person, without exception, can 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 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.
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.