Votorola is a technology for the broad-based guidance of societal systems.
We explore techniques that enable people to orient their discussions
toward mutual understanding and consensus; to independently compose
primary legislative bills, plans and other draft norms in critical opposition to authority;
to guide the decisions of authority; and together to steer society as a whole.
[PGL] Popular guidance of legislation.
Primary voters have reached a rough consensus of 61 to 34 on a draft bill.
The assembly members are beginning to join in the voting.
A separate tally of their in-house votes (red) shows they are 2 votes short
of an assured majority in the assembly, having 10 and needing 12.
The primary numbers will be much larger in typical practice.
A typical node (disc) will have 5-20 direct voters,
making the trees much bushier than shown. See also the practice document,
and the general legend of symbols.
[UM] The usual method.
Authors push their contributions to a single, central draft.
[RT] Recombinant text.
The text is distributed in multiple drafts, one per author (left).
Authors pull contributions from peer to peer (right).
[CV] Cascade voting and text flow.
Authors may receive votes and cast votes.
Received votes are carried along with the cast votes
and together flow like raindrops down the branches of a tree (left).
Numbers show the quantity of votes received.
Textual contributions tend to flow along the voting lines (right).
[P] Pipes. Impersonal nodes known as pipes (hollow circles)
tend to maintain the downstream drafts, where they function as group nodes.
Pipes have zero-weight votes.
Personal authors (green) tend to occupy leaf positions on the outer surface of the tree,
where they can more freely exchange text, shift their votes and move around.
[MOP] Mythopoeic overguidance of planning. A planning issue
and its causal network of administrative decisions (red)
and decision guideways (blue),M
the latter guided in turn through a mythopoeic overguideway.
guideway labels are links
[BM] Bookends of modernity. Illustrating a view
of 21st-century mythopoeia as opposed and complementary to the Enlightenment.
Tools, media and other facilities
Figure MOP assumes a
system with an elected chief executive. In a
system, the decision of the chief executive (red arrow)
would extend from the legislative assembly instead of the electorate.
But the guidance for that decision would still extend from the electorate
via the same electoral guideway (blue arrow).
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