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Foundation 4: Open governance

Is it direct voting on everything? Or representative democracy?


Depending on the issue, it should be either direct voting or representative democracy. If the issue at hand requires some expertise or a certain level of knowledge, it should be handled by the representatives. Direct voting for every decision, trivial or important, logistically would be very difficult. But in some cases where in a major reform has been proposed, direct voting should be the way. The only problem with direct voting is the number and associated handling and management problem. It would cost a lot of time and work. Representative democracy will solve this problem.

How exactly will this work?


The representatives can be combination of both selected and elected people like the Lok Sabha (house of selected representatives) and Rajya Sabha (house of elected representatives). This group will handle most of the issues. The concerns of workers and requesters will be voiced through these representatives. They will be allowed to vote on issues, pass bills and frame rules. This is a more manageable form of governance. But for certain issues, direct voting should be considered.

Can the research group have a hand here?


Some research needs to go into the type of representatives and the issues they would deal with. For high-level issues, there can be a selected few high-rated workers and high-rated requesters who can take the decisions (Rajya Sabha). For issues that concern almost every member in the community, we can either have a direct voting system or a representative. A group of workers/requesters could be organized into small teams based on their experience of working together and they could choose a representative leader from the team to speak out their concerns. This improves team work and makes the process less chaotic. Research needs to go into how people get organized into teams, and how effective this type of open governance could be. But based on real life examples, it is more manageable and democratic too.

If there are changes that require engineering effort, who executes that? Us? Other volunteers?

The engineering changes can be done by the elected committee of representatives or us. If the elected committee of representatives take charge of the engineering part, it would be more feasible and more effective. A well defined structure in place with divided duties will make the government stronger.