Values

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Our organisation (Platform) demonstrates its commitment by dedicating effort to evolving toward an ever-increasing fulfilment of the following organisational values (see also Category:Values for a more detailed description of each):

Core Values

Openness: Openness is one of the values of OrganicDesign (the Platform specification includes a process of alignment with it) All cells in an organism share knowledge to expand awareness of the environment, and collaborate on and govern together accurate, complete and accessible information. Accessibility means web 3.0; using open standards to make more shareable the system (concepts, methods, tools and resources etc). [more]
Completeness: Completeness is one of the values of OrganicDesign (the Platform specification includes a process of alignment with it) Part of the Platform specification is to strive towards a more and more complete and clear description of themselves so that all their aspects are changeable through self governance and to make themselves more easy to split and deploy. [more]
All aspects changeable: All aspects changeable is one of the values of OrganicDesign (the Platform specification includes a process of alignment with it) This is a core concept of the project, it is made possible by Self containment. It means that there is absolutely no part of the software which is not changeable from within its own interface environment. This also refers to the naming problem where no name or logo is fixed. [more]
Think global, act local: Think global, act local is one of the values of OrganicDesign (the Platform specification includes a process of alignment with it) The term was coined by David Brower, founder of Friends of the Earth, as their slogan when it was founded in 1969. In OrganicDesign, it is a core concept that all platforms are in alignment with which refers to the ability for it to be able to assess the efficiency of processes from a holistic viewpoint. In this way a general tendency can be created toward sustainability and toward the well-being of all. [more]

Derived Values

By faithfully aligning with the core values, these following important values are automatically aligned with.

Unification

Unification: Unification is one of the values of OrganicDesign (the Platform specification includes a process of alignment with it). It is the foundation direction of all Platforms (trust groups that operate according to a system that is aligned with the OrganicDesign charter). It is the fundamental "default project" that essentially sums up the process of alignment itself, and could be thought of as "alignment with alignment". [more]

Many of the obstacles that are overcome in the process of aligning operations more and more closely with the core values turn out to be problems of a fragmentary or centralisation nature such as compartmentalisation, silo or rush-hour effects. Solutions to problems of this general nature are always in the form of a unification such as cooperation across diverse departments or working from home or changing from client-server to peer-to-peer systems.

Self containment

Self containment: Self-containment is one of the values of OrganicDesign (the Platform specification includes a process of alignment with it). It allows Platforms to produce seeds for easy deployment or to split into two or more separate Platforms. Self-containment means that every part of the system is clearly specified and can change through self governance allowing all aspects to be changeable. [more]

A commitment to ensuring that everything we've developed is in an reusable packaged form such that others can develop, deploy and educate with the system independently.

Freedom and Privacy

We believe use of technology should progressively empower and free people and ensure privacy. In practice this means having full knowledge and control over who accesses personal data and the routine application of strong encryption to ensure privacy. Freedom means being able to choose what the technology looks like and how you use it without having to compromise on functionality or connectivity.

  • Free Software Definition - This page clearly defines what freedom means in the context of software
  • Privacy - portal by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) on privacy for more information

Independence (Bottom-up, Peer to peer)

All platforms are able to operate independently of their connectivity with other platforms, but when that connectivity is available it's fully utilised. Independence also implies the principle that every platform should have the ability to fully replicate other platforms. The package comes with all the documentation and tools to create bootable USB sticks or CD's for other people to create their own platforms with.[1]

In an effort to prevent centralisation and monopolisation, we ensure that the latest state of our technology is available in easy-to-use form without restrictions to anyone, and that it can be used to connect directly and privately with any other person or group using the technology, to facilitate communication, trade and governance.

Organisation and Accountability

We submit that the widespread adoption of decentralised forms of organisation can help empowered citizens work together to solve problems and take responsibility for those aspects of civic life that are currently regarded as poorly administrated or managed. Technology should support the collaborative and democratic management of matters both trivial and profound. Policy decisions should be traceable to a point of origin and people in positions of responsibility should be directly accountable to all affected stakeholders. We believe that it should be easy to elect leaders, caretakers or curators through a democratic process for different aspects of any organisation, be it a task, project or department. That way leaders can take charge of promoting projects and take ownership and provide accountability by reporting back, and answering to, the stakeholders of such projects. At the same time, incompetent leadership should be easy to remedy by stakeholders promoting someone more able to the position through democratic processes. We believe organisational software should support such processes, essential as they are for the effective functioning of bottom-up systems.

See also

  • The source code of all the software used by the system is also included, and also the technology-independent specifications of all aspects of the organisational system so that other platforms can be set up using different content management systems, operating systems or hardware architectures.