Regovernance - rebirth of governance
I’ve been here quite a while now and I might stick around for a little while longer. I really like this place and perhaps I found myself a new home. If I would consider to settle down, I do need to think about some long-term plans though, so let me take a look at the different governance models around here. GovernApp will show me my options. There is “One State”, of course, but I don’t like their conditions. “Neuropa” is still too global for my taste, so let me take a closer look at the local models. “Sibelland” seems to offer a nice package and, oh wait, maybe “Dirkonia” is something for me. There are some taxes to pay, but not so much, and I get some interesting services in return. It’s quite open and allows me to grow into the model, so, yeah, I might try this for a few months. Subscribing… Done. I’m excited! Let’s see if it works for me. If it doesn’t, I can always unsubscribe and go for another governance model.
Freedom of choice
Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could choose our own governance model? Compare this to being forced into a single model, with no other option, at all. This is the situation where most of us are in today. But how did it come to this? Might thousands of years of war and suppression have something to do with it? Maybe, after all this time, today is “as good as it gets”? Really? Can’t we still do better? While disrupting every thinkable industry on the planet, aren’t we able to, at least, offer good alternatives for outdated governance models imposed on people world-wide? Or is “democracy” the final station?
For many, it is clear that the newly available decentralization technologies are leading us on a path towards disruption of traditional governments and nation states. The road to success will be bumpy, to say the least. Current “leaders” won’t release their power over people that easily. But it’s not a question of one or the other. Traditional models can still survive, as long as people are given the freedom to choose for them, or not.
It is obvious that letting few people decide over many has not led to a peaceful society. Violence still roams the planet. People are still possessed by greed. Nature keeps on suffering greatly. Animals are hardly anything more than guinea pigs, food, pets and exotic zoo attractions. Why do most not see the greater coherence of all living things on this planet? But our democratically chosen leaders are guiding us towards a better world, right?
Many will agree that a time of change is upon us. It is necessary and cannot be avoided, even when centralized institutions will try to hold their fort as long as possible. But the future belongs to the people again. We have found new ways to organize ourselves properly and significantly, even in a entirely trustless environment. The keyword is “decentralization”, a path lit by Bitcoin, the mother of all modern decentralized applications, a crypto-currency made by the people for the people.
Bitcoin was just the beginning, of course. Since its rise, many initiatives have already plugged into, what we now call, “blockchain” technologies. Not only currencies are easy to decentralize, but basically any kind of service imaginable can be taken out of the hands of the indifferent few and into the hands of the caring many.
The ideal way to organize ourselves on the blockchain is through a Decentralized Autonomous Organization (“DAO”). It’s a new breed of human organization never before attempted. The DAO uses computer code to build “smart contracts” between its members. The code is open source, so it can be carefully reviewed by anyone interested in knowing more about the DAO’s internal logic. A DAO is not centrally managed. Instead, its members are able to vote on important decisions relating to the DAO’s operations. A DAO cannot cheat on its members and, if it could somehow, it would die almost instantly as it would lose all its members in the blink of an eye. So in order to survive, DAO’s better offer quality products and services.
Obviously, since DAO’s don’t have a mature track record yet, they still need to prove themselves as a worthy alternative for centralized organization models. We can be quite confident though that DAO’s will be part of everyone’s future, even when there is still a lot to learn.
If we can come up with ways to reorganize ourselves through decentralized models, and if we’re able to build decentralized alternatives for almost every traditional model out there, why can’t we build a decentralized governance? Let’s call it the rebirth of governance, where anyone can build his or her own model, offering services like proof of ownership (existence / integrity / authenticity), registrations, licenses, insurances, medical care, and so on, using one or more secure reputation based blockchain identities, instead of a government-issued passport. Can you imagine a completely decentralized airline service? Or an decentralized health care service, working closely with a decentralized pharmaceutical industry? Does it sound crazy? Actually, it does, but it shouldn’t stop us from pursuing these greater goals.
We all remember this song: Imagine there’s no countries … Nothing to kill or die for … Imagine all the people … Living life in peace … No need for greed or hunger … A brotherhood of man … Imagine all the people … Sharing all the world …
Change is always difficult, but extremely difficult when you talk about governance. Traditional governments won’t easily allow decentralized governance models to co-exists. Nevertheless, we need to be confident that, at some point in time, opinions will change and more leniency will be shown towards DAO’s. In other words, dialogue should always be maintained, but the DAO’s role can never be the submissive one.
We do need to talk with specialists in the governmental field! We cannot assume to replace existing governance models with a few lines of code. We need proper in-depth knowledge of how governments work today. We need to learn what works and what doesn’t, so we can try to implement better alternatives in a decentralized way.
At the same time, we need to focus on the development of a platform that offers the creation and administration of decentralized governments. A basic set of tools and services should allow anyone to kickstart his or her own decentralized governance project. From a business point of view, this is where revenue for the platform can be created. User friendly front ends like a web site (responsive and comprehensive) and a mobile phone application should be built. Whenever technology allows it, a decentralized solution is, of course, preferred.
Distribution of wealth
When developing tools and services for decentralized governance, can we also conceive a plan for distribution of “wealth”? At the moment, the concept of a basic income is a very hot topic, but is it actually feasible in reality? Where does the (crypto-)money come from? Perhaps a profitable decentralized government can distribute some of its collected wealth to its members? Maybe the currency and/or asset transaction model can embed micropayments to accounts with lower balances, or perhaps a (semi-)automated crowdfunding process can slightly fuel the more needed? Crypto-governments could integrate all of the above (through smart contracts of their own or offered by the crypto-government creation platform).
On a side note, it should be mentioned that some abstraction layers will need to be built, so that crypto-governments can operate independently (with their own crypto-assets) from the mother platform. For example, Dirkonians shouldn’t have to worry about another currency than their own Dirkos.
Another buzzword, but you might have heard the saying: people never learn, machines do. Does it sound absurd to trust in the support of artificial intelligence to help us avoid making the same mistakes over and over again?
Doesn’t seem so crazy at all. People make mistakes. We accept this. But when talking about new crypto-governance models, can’t we learn from the mistakes that have been made? Sure, we can! We can learn which implementations of services and smart contracts failed. We can learn which of them worked and we can try to understand why they worked. So why don’t we use this knowledge to further finetune all aspects of the revolutionary crypto-government model? Artificial intelligence can advise, make predictions about a certain outcome, and so much more, like writing new and improved smart contract proposals.
We need to build new and decentralized governance models. A crypto-government creation and administration platform can offer tools and services to anyone interested in setting up his or her own decentralized governance project. Traditional governments will be extremely reluctant to share their driving seats. We need to do our homework, not only from a technological point of view, but also when it comes to gathering in-depth knowledge of the governmental field. The road will be bumpy. Mistakes will be made, but we need to learn from them. Artificial intelligence could optimize the learning process. Our intentions are for the people, by the people. A future without decentralized governance models should sound like a nightmare.