Long story short:
Our goal is to create the equivalent of a ‘Wikipedia for solutions to all problems’. Once our tools go online, finding the worlds best solutions will be as easy as typing in the name of the area they effect. The site produces a list of all the solutions people have thought of so far, with the highest rated content displayed at the top. There’s a third section for ‘proposals’, for when groups have to make decisions, (a lot of solutions are non-exclusive, like ‘stretch more’ & ‘drink more water’ for people experiencing back pain. Often groups don’t need to make decisions, they can just list remedies, so we made ‘solutions’ and ‘proposals’ into 2 different sections.)
What’s really powerful about this is we’re going to create a meritocracy for ideas. This way bad ideas & policies won’t simply look bad, their more effective counterparts will be presented side by side, and spread like wildfire.
We’re also going to include tools that prove members of groups of all sizes, can ‘represent’ themselves now, (we don’t need ‘representatives’, who ‘pre-select’ the options on our ballots). We’ve even designed special tools for experts and communities to form coalitions, and to not simply share ideas, but when applicable, to actually write policies and vote.
People are also free to just stick to using the site as a wiki for all solutions, but when it comes to the real problems facing humanity, they all stem from bad governance, so a lot of people will focus their efforts there. Once citizens-expert coalitions make their own options, and have an array of new discussion tools like the ones we’re working on, we believe they will wildly outperform existing systems. Then we have the proof, community, and infrastructure, necessary to begin phasing in better governance in a thousand specific ways.
For people less enticed by notions of a ‘sane government’, or a wiki for all solutions, we’ve also designed a number of other features. -Mind you, we also genuinely want to help people, afterall this isn’t simply a numbers game. Because our network can be applied to practically anything, it can also be applied to itself. We can use the optimization network to optimize the optimization network, making it possible for users and programmers to think up tons of new services and features. All the time. Some of the ‘personal benefit’ features include: a time bank, and spaces in user accounts for them to list all the items and services they need, or have to offer.
This means people can do everything from dream up cool ideas for new social spaces in their own city, to trading time credits for help fixing something around the house. -Unlike Craigslist the accounts won’t be anonymous, in fact, like AirBnB, user accounts will have ratings.
The truth is we need the net to help us accomplish a lot of things, but when the services are offered ‘for profit’, even if the model’s ‘freemium’ like Facebook, it gets so commercialized that only for-profit groups can use them effectively. The truth is the world needs a Facebook ‘of the people, by the people’, one that’s community owned and operated.
While necessary, not ‘selling out’ also means we don’t have a budget, we rely 100% on the efforts and contributions of people like you. So if you want to know when we’re finally online, or even want to help us make the magic happen, (getting the word out, or making content or media), let us know at TheLawgenProject@gmail.com
We understand our goals are monolithic, but at the same time there has never been a better time to start experimenting with net democracy than now, so we hope you’ll join us.
Thanks for tuning in.
If you’d like to read more we’re always open to answering people’s questions directly, (it helps us know what people are wondering, which helps us make better media), you’re also welcome to check out our project manifesto:
- First it describes our technology, how our system will work, and stages in implementation.
- The second, larger section answers the “Questions for Authors of Works on New Models and Systems” created by The Next System Project. Which is another exciting collaboration our team recommends visiting. -In particular their video about a Pluralist Commonwealth, which almost could have been a video for our own team’s vision.
The following is our project manifesto: the-library-that-becomes-government
As citizens we can gripe about how our governments are corrupt but at the end of the day what we need is a better process. That means we need to create one and spread it, which is impossible unless it is something that everyone, or at least a serious majority of people, can personally see value in.
So instead of staking out a position and trying to get everyone to come to us, we’re taking a queue from science and developing a better process. One built on the idea of a wiki for listing, rating, and discussing all our problems and ideas. Most importantly this will be done in a dynamic way, so instead of a giant pile of content, people simply click on problems to see all the best related ideas.
One of the greatest benefits to making a wiki where people can create discussions about problems with literally anything, is that we can also type in the name of the wiki itself. Meaning its every problem and potential solution will be listed and rated, enabling this system of governance to not merely outperform present systems of government, but to actually evolve itself rapidly.
Also in cyberspace we can manipulate the very space we call ‘group discussion’, we can communicate in ways that are literally not possible in physical space. Our project aspires to really dial that difference in using a variety of completely new communication tools.
To learn more visit our ‘visual media’ section or ask us questions at Info@Lawgen.org