Where next?

Ed Pastore epastore at metagovernment.org
Wed Jun 16 22:55:44 EDT 2010

Just to clarify, I don't think it is legitimate to refer to  
Metagovernment as mine. I own the domain (because I haven't yet found  
a way to give it away) and I help with administration, but overall  
everything there is a community effort.

To be honest, when I talk to friends about it now, I tell them about  
the great folks from Votorola who are really breathing new life into  
the project. As far as I am concerned, the free-range voting project  
is a fantastic instantiation of the mission of Metagovernment.

I don't care what it is called nearly as much as that it succeeds. The  
greatest thing Metagovernment has to add to that effort is the  
community of bright people involved in the overarching ideas. (Though  
admittedly, recently many of those people have been mute for quite a  
while.) Well, that and our growing presence in Wikipedia.

On Jun 16, 2010, at 8:47 AM, Michael Allan wrote:

> (thinking aloud) I see two ways forward for Votorola:
> (1) Reaching out
> (2) Bringing together
> The first way entails going into existing communities and wiring them
> up with our tools.  We're unique in being able to do this, because we
> have the difference bridge.  Our immediate problem is to find suitable
> communities (low hanging fruit) to reach out to.  Here's an open
> thread that asks, "What communities are reachable?"
>  http://groups.dowire.org/r/topic/QOOL3YKTF1LxBK62GmOEJ
> The second way (often pursued by Thomas) entails bringing multiple
> e-democracy projects together under a single umbrella organization (or
> association), and holding them there on the strength of the tools.
> Again, we're uniquely qualified for this because of the open
> architecture we've built up (in which Votorola is just another plug-in
> component).  But (again) the immediate problem is to find suitable
> candidates: either a) a second technical project to associate with; or
> b) an existing organization to serve as an umbrella.  Since April,
> we've been making a trial run at (b), with Ed Pastore's Metagovernment
> as the prospective organization.  Here are the latest threads:
>  http://metagovernment.org/pipermail/start_metagovernment.org/2010-June/thread.html#2910
>  see Kind of presentable (sort of), and
>      Is Main Page unapproachable?
> What other ways are there?  Or are these two good enough?  They'd both
> give the tools a good workout (crucial at this stage).
> -- 
> Michael Allan
> Toronto, +1 647-436-4521
> http://zelea.com/

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