From Metagovernment - Government of, by, and for all the people
Following are ways you can participate in the Metagovernment project. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate.
Currently, this project is organized as an adhocracy, which means you are free to act in whatever way you think will help the project.
Discuss and plan
Join the list server
If you wish to contribute to the Metagovernment project, please visit the list server signup page. The Startup Committee consists of the active members of that list server and is organized as an adhocracy.
- After joining, please introduce yourself to the list and provide a link to your user page on this wiki if you have it.
- You are encouraged to familiarize yourself with the list server archive before jumping in with questions and suggestions. However, we know that analyzing the full archive requires a lot of time... reading the project's wiki should be enough with the aid of this map: a list of organized pages by a recommended order.
- Do not forget to check the Community Portal often, there you will find what things are being done for the project.
Join us on IRC
Join us on Facebook
We're on Facebook too. "Like" us and post on our wall to let your friends learn about us.
The Metagovernment project holds occasional meetings, which are open to anyone. See the meetings' page.
Propose and participate in votings
Some of the discussion uses some of the software produced by the open projects to find a position on which everybody agrees. In particular open questions are often asked on Vilfredo goes to Athens, were a specific page has been set up for questions that are of interest to this community. You can go there, propose, and vote on others proposals.
Edit the wiki
Anyone may register on this wiki, and registered users may make edits to almost any page (changes to the home page should only be made if you have consensus). For information on editing, see Help:Editing.
- You are encouraged to create a user page briefly introducing yourself. Once you are logged in, you can connect to your user page by clicking on your username in the links at the top-right of any page.
- Discussions should be conducted in the context of other pages in this wiki; either through dispassionate explanation on an article page, or more subjective discussion on a Talk page.
- See the map of the site for an ordered list of links to their relevant pages and the Community Portal for some current areas of concern.
- Otherwise see Help:Contributing for some general ideas on how to keep the wiki vibrantly healthy!
The active projects are still in development and most could use the help of additional programmers. Please consider contributing to one of these open source projects. See also the related projects for even more places you can contribute to or get involved with.
Translate the wiki
The main language of this global project is English, the most spoken idiom up today in the Internet. Unfortunately this restricts the participation of non-English speakers. By translating part of the wiki, the Main Page for example, you can —at least— permit to those people, curious about this project, inform themselves (and others) about it.
Additionally, you are encouraged help promote the project and its philosophy by any of the following means:
- Link to this site — Help right now by linking to http://www.metagovernment.org on your website, personal page, blog, and/or signature line.
- Bookmark this site — If you use bookmarking services such as delicious, digg, StumbleUpon, or Twine, please bookmark this site. (Also, note old delicious and StumbleUpon links.)
- Post about collaborative governance — If you participate in a web forum or respond to blog posts, write a message about this website and/or about collaborative governance and web-based direct democracy.
- Invite an organization directly — Write them a letter.
Everyone is encouraged to create literature or to download this promotional literature and distribute it in legal, ethical means, such as posting it on community bulletin boards or handing out cards in person.
From time to time, this project is represented at governance and/or technology conferences, as listed on the conferences page. Active members of the startup committee are encouraged to attend such conferences and network and/or speak on behalf of the project and the general goals of collaborative governance.
If for any reason you have trouble with some of these participation processes, check the help section.