2.6. The Pattern for Citizen Led Self-Governance
Context: In the Lionsberg model, governance is based on the principle of subsidiarity, which emphasizes decision-making at the lowest appropriate level through a distributed network of voluntary associations within a uniting federation, ensuring that local needs and contexts are prioritized and satisfied.
Problem: Traditional top-down governance structures are often unresponsive to local needs and contexts, resulting in disengaged citizens, inefficient decision-making processes, and wasteful aggregation and allocation of resources and power that does not create individual and local flourishing.
- Concentration of power
- Limited citizen engagement
- Inefficient decision-making
- Lack of responsiveness to local needs
- Abdication of responsibility and authority to higher levels of abstraction
Solution: The Lionsberg model promotes a pattern for Citizen Led Self-Governance based on the following steps:
- Cultivate personal responsibility: Encourage citizens to take responsibility for their own lives, well-being, and their role in the community.
- Form Citizen Impact Groups: Facilitate the formation of Citizen Impact Groups, which allow citizens to collaborate on specific needs, problems, and goals within their domains of responsibility and authority.
- Define Domains of Responsibility and Authority: Clearly define every Domain Of Responsibility And Authority, from the Individual, Family, and Local, all the way up through every fractal level to the universal collective.
- Create Fields of Agreement: Forge a defined Field of Agreements for each Domain Of Responsibility And Authority.
- Establish Boundaries: Establish strong boundaries around each Domain, so that participation can occur on the basis of reciprocal and voluntary Consent
- Participation by Consent: Voluntarily organize and federate on the basis of mutual consent to Participation, and agreement to honor and uphold the Field of Agreements in each defined Domain of Participation.
- Access to resources and tools: Provide access to resources, knowledge, and tools that empower citizens to participate effectively in the decision-making process within their domains of responsibility and authority.
- Inclusive and collaborative culture: Foster a culture of openness, inclusivity, and collaboration, where diverse perspectives are valued and respected, and each citizen is encouraged to participate in decision-making within their domains of responsibility and authority.
- Clear communication channels: Establish clear channels for communication and decision-making at all levels of the fractal governance system, ensuring that decisions made within a domain are transparent and can be integrated with decisions made in other domains.
- Evaluation and improvement: Develop mechanisms for evaluating and improving the effectiveness and inclusivity of the self-governance process within each domain, enabling continuous learning and adaptation.
Resulting Context: A responsive and inclusive system of Citizen led self-governance, where citizens are empowered to actively participate in decision-making processes within their domains of responsibility and authority, resulting in more effective, context-specific solutions, from the individual, family, and local levels, all the way up to the broadest collective.
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