A platform for groups to make democratic decisions

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Neocratium enables communities of all sizes — even non-political ones — to debate and make democratic decisions.

Get started using our hosted version, or download our free, open source code and install your own.

 

 

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Neocratium is a platform developed by Neocratia. Neocratia's goal is to upgrade the way our laws are created. Both are non-for-profit.

 
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How Neocratium works

 

The proposal process

All members of a group can propose initiatives.

  1. Initiatives are submitted using Neocratium;
  2. They are publicly debated by the group;
  3. Should a significant number of people show interest in a particular initiative, the drawing up of a motion (resolution, law, etc.) is initiated;
  4. The person who initially proposed the initiative may invite others to help draft the motion via online collaboration;
  5. Group members may also discuss the draft as a whole or different parts of it. A log of changes is kept;
  6. When the person who initially proposed the initiative decides the drafting process is complete, the motion is scheduled for voting.
 

Debating initiatives and ideas

  • All group members may participate.
  • Conversations could be centered about an initiative, motion, or any other topic relevant to the group.
  • Group members are able to upvote or downvote the comments of others.
  • Comments that group members agree with the most become more visible by rising to the top of threads.
  • Conversations and comments are transparent. Upvotes and downvotes by representatives are public to all group members; those by individual group members are private.
 
Making decisions

Groups make decisions by voting on motions. Voting happens online via Neocratium. Motions are publicly scheduled for voting. Voting lasts for a few days, and the results then made visible to all group members.

Group members are be able to vote for motions directly or delegate their votes to others. Each group member has three voting options.

  • The individual can do nothing. If the individual has chosen one or more representatives, the representatives vote on behalf of the individual. If the individual does not have a representative, or their representative(s) do not vote, they will abstain from the vote.
  • The individual may choose one or more one-time representatives to vote on their behalf. If the individual had chosen one or more representatives who had already voted for the motion, the vote of the one-time representatives will override the decision of the general representatives. Individuals may change representatives up until voting closes.
  • The individual can vote directly for the motion, thereby overriding the decision made by the representatives on their behalf.

Each group member is given control by being able to view how their chosen representatives, and the representatives of their representatives, voted for a motion while the voting is still in progress. To avoid groupthink, the overall voting results are only made public when the voting ends.

Some call this type of decision-making liquid democracy.

 

Choosing representatives

Group members may choose representatives using Neocratium. When individuals don’t vote for a motion directly, representatives vote on their behalf. Representatives, in turn, can delegate their vote, and those delegated to them, to other representatives. When choosing two or more representatives, the vote delegation is split into equal parts. Thus, if an individual chooses four representatives, each representative will be able to vote (or delegate) 25% of the individual’s vote.

Representatives have a voting weight. This is the sum of all votes delegated to a representative plus the representative’s own vote. Representatives may also choose their own representatives and delegate all their voting weight.

All group member may allow others to choose them as representatives. The only requirements are their agreeing to making all votes transparent and visible to other group members.

Group members are able to choose the representatives they want at any time and change them should they no longer feel duly represented.

 

Scrutinizing representatives

Representatives have profiles visible to all group members. This allows individuals to determine how their representatives voted for motions, which comments were upvoted and downvoted by their representatives during debates, whether the representatives chose their own representatives, as well as their voting weights.

 

Verifying identities

Groups can set their policies for determining who can join. Verification options include government IDs, voter registry, social media profiles, and more.