Stigmergic governance via the web - a way to govern society without a government
In My piece, The End of Entropy, I propose the following:
With a central website, in forum style, to address major issues – divided into local sections, regional sections and global sections, with “votes” at a certain level elevating the problems and solutions to the next level to be voted on by a greater number – we can collectively coordinate to solve the issues of this planet. Social responsibility will be seen as spending 15 minutes a day (or more) reviewing the issues on this site. This seed parameter will see an emergence of human unity as a race and as a planet.
What is there proposed is a stigmergic governance - a way to govern society without a governMENT. In a system with no money or need for exchange, stigmergic governance will work - as long as there are money interests, it is unlikely to, with votes bought, up or down, and other disruptive aspects. This is what I propose in a free energy/robot system where no money is needed (read The End of Entropy for a picture of how this works). If You are unfamiliar with the term, stigmergy, a good place to get a handle on the term is http://journal.media-culture.org.au/0605/03-elliott.php
A very good illustration of stigmergy is Linux. In this case, one Individual created a basic program and offered it freely in open source. Others came along and began to improve upon it, create software to run on it, and so on. There was no "leader" in this group - those who wanted to get involved did so - and from the initial basic program, a whole creative "empire" came to be...all entirely free and freely.
And so, from this aspect of Our nature to do work on things We care about, whether We are paid or not, I developed a system of governance. The basic idea is a central website divided into local, regional, continental and global sections. Much like a forum, People could post problems They see to Their local section (or any other local section where the problem may exhibit itself). Others, reviewing the site, may "vote" to say They think the subject is a problem too, with "stars" or "thumbs up" or whatever. Votes down are also allowed. Apathy can be demonstrated by not voting at all.
Solutions can be posted and be "cheered" or "booed." In the event a solution is seen to be a good one, leaders of the moment will act to implement the solution. It can be the original poster or any Other concerned individual - the leaders will emerge to solve the problem.
When enough votes up occur without a solution that is seen as particularly good, the issue is elevated to the next level, the regional level, where more minds can work on the problem, offering help and/or solutions. More People can vote the problem up or down.
And so on up to the global level. If a problem is so severe and/or important that it reaches the global level and STILL no solution is found, I guess the Human race is SOL. But few problems will reach that level, and virtually never will they go unsolved.
The difference between a forum and the site will be that problems will be listed not in terms of date added but in terms of the net number of votes up (votes up minus votes down). Also, there will be a section of issues unread.
The original poster will have the ability to remove a problem once it is solved or is no longer a problem, at which point it will be archived. Problems with no activity for three months (or six, or some number as deemed reasonable) will drop off and be archived.
There will be a special section for emergencies - and Those whose bliss it is to help in any given emergency will be able to monitor this section and take action. Those who care will be enabled to help.
Here is a breakdown of how it will work:
Sue has a problem - any problem at all. She goes to the website and posts it. Her neighbors (and anyOne else) can vote relative to Her problem. They can offer solutions. Discussion of the problem and its solutions can take place in the problem thread, just as in a forum, and from that, Her problem will likely be solved or will not be seen as a problem by Others. If no One else sees a problem, no votes up will be received - and Sue will have to make do with what She sees as a problem, finding Her own solution. This will be rare. If no One else sees a problem...chances are it really isn't a problem to begin with.
As an example, Let's say Sue has a problem with noisy neighbors. She posts the problem. Others ask if She has talked to the neighbors. Yes, Sure replies, She has. SomeOne suggests that She move. Another suggests ordering and installing soundproofing. Sue considers Her options and decides the move is better than the soundproofing. She thanks the People for the suggestion and indicates the problem has been solved.
Instead, Let's say the problem is more difficult. A dam above Her house is showing signs of giving way and She reports this. Many others see that They are threatened too. They vote the problem up. Some also start making suggestions: get robots out there to shore the dam up. Drain the water behind the dam. So on and so forth. Discussion ensues, and meanwhile more People, though not immediately affected, see that it IS a problem and vote it up.
Soon, it reaches the regional level, and someOne who has experience dealing with such problems chimes in with His solution. Many cheer it and that One begins the process of solving the problem. Those who care join to help. He directs them and the problem is solved.
Maybe it's an asteroid heading for the earth - this will likely reach the global level swiftly, and those who have the knowhow and wherewithal to go into space and plant charges to blow it up or divert it come to the fore as the leaders...
In this way, We Humans can be directly involved in running Our planet, allowing the BEST solutions to be implemented (and not the most profitable or cheapest).
As I mentioned, this is not a system for use where moneyed interests are involved. In fact... No governing system works well as long as money is involved. This is one more reason to eliminate money as a necessity.
by Amaterasu Solar