[pp.int.general] A consensus experiment as a partial answer to the Pirate Communication Problem.
zzbbyy at gmail.com
Wed May 14 13:07:46 CEST 2014
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# Problem (http://pad.polskapartiapiratow.pl/p/PirateCommunicationProblem)
There is a severe deficiency of communication between the pirate parties:
* at the General Assemblies of PPI we don't have enough time to talk
* the general mailing list does not work - because lack of rules makes the
* the leaders mailing list and Liquid Feedback setup by Nuno look desert
* the local forums are often locked down now
## Proposal 1: consensus deliberative group experiment (zby)
A consensus based deliberative group (committee?) that would gather opinions
from all pirate parties and work on what is the common core among them.
It will be immediately useful for:
* organizing coordinated actions (mostly protests, but also actions
like welcoming Snowden etc.)
* working on common program core (the European common core program is
very useful for small parties and it should be copied worldwide)
* making common declarations
* maybe working on PPI statutes
After we get it running we can also work on more difficult stuff like
establishing what it really means to be a pirate party.
### Known issues
To get there we need to meet two conflicting requirements.
* The group cannot be too big - so that we can work with the classical
consensus protocol (based on ideas like:
and it needs to have a well defined boundary (rule #1 in 8 rules for
governance of the commons by Ostrom
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elinor_Ostrom ). I think the Dunbar
Number that is 120 would make a hard limit.
* and it needs to include at least participants from all (legitimate)
All more concrete rules would be established by the group
itself. I believe that if we make good rules we can avoid the problems
that afflict the other communication channels. We can start using emails
and pads - and then choose our own communication infrastructure.
All this will require some work from all participants - we need
volunteers that can regularly dedicate some of their time to
communicate with the group and with local parties and work on the issues.
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