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Virtual governments (of mankind) are self-organised groups of individuals that strive for improving decision making around specific tasks or problems using effective tools of social media. The scope of a virtual government may mimic the scope of an existing government or council, such as the government of a country, a society, or a housing cooperative. The purpose of a virtual government is to ensure that the actual decision making does not lack necessary information, points of view, or understanding of value judgements. The main purpose of a virtual government is not to replace the existing decision-making bodies, but to improve the quality of their decision making. If there is no existing organisation working with the same scope as a virtual government, it makes little sense to talk about a virtual representation of an organisation; then, it is better to talk about an open government that promotes its own purpose.
How should virtual governments be organised in such a way that they effectively
- produce useful information for decision-making without
- ruling out anyone or any information someone things relevant
- in an efficient way that converges towards clear conclusions, not chaos?
Based on understanding on open assessment.
The activities of virtual governments are based on the following rules:
- Anyone interested is allowed to join a virtual government.
- All information collected by a virtual government is freely distributed to everyone. This applies to both the actual topic and the work by the virtual government.
- The purpose of a virtual government is to inform decision making within a defined scope. The scope is decided by the virtual government itself.
- The main activity of a virtual government is to collect, organise, synthesise, and distribute information to those that need it, especially to the actual decision makers within the scope.
- The information work is done according to the rules of open assessment.
- Any disputes within a virtual government are solved using the methods of open assessment and its discussion functionalities.
Examples of potential open governments
Open governments could maintain open patents and distribute profits to the inventors. The idea is that anyone can make an invention and publish that on a website maintained by an open government. The invention can be utilised by anyone for any purpose, but all users should report their evaluation of the invention and their own use of it to the website. Based on these reports, the open government estimates the utility of the invention to mankind. The open government raises funding and distributes this to the inventors holding open patents. Even if fund-raising was based on voluntary actions, the utility of many open inventions is so large that it is likely to attract enough funding to make a decent income for the inventors. This role of an open government can and actually should also be adopted by country governments to promote their green economy.