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This is Matias' draft:

Metagovernment is:

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.

Thomas Jefferson, 1816.

  • A project that develops and supports governance internet-tools.
  • A mailing list about democracy and internet.
  • A global community of people that are developing the future of democracy.

The hub of the new forms of government

Metagovernment gathers projects and individuals worldwide that further this project's principles... (to be expanded).


Collaborative governance

Collaborative governance is centered around openness, inclusion, and freedom. In all representative democracy (from national governments to condominium boards), political power is consolidated in the hands of a few elected officials. Most of us have little or no say in how those officials act.

Metagovernment's solutions are collaborative, consensus-based, and synthesis-oriented. In this way, we avoid the traditional limitations of direct democracy and allow everyone to be involved without degrading into mob rule, tyranny of the majority, or demagoguery.



Collaborative governance is a new and rapidly evolving concept: it is not yet ready to take on the administration of huge national governments. Rather, we expect that small communities will be the early adopters. As these smaller groups use and adapt the software, we intend to evolve it to be able to handle larger and larger systems.


You can make it happen

Join us in building real democracy for everyone. You can help by participating in this project or by investigating and joining one of the many active projects which are involved in creating collaborative governance mechanisms.

Contact address

Write to contact(at)metagovernment(dot)org.