Cooperative Network Assemblies

Collective Competence and Public Strength

CNA Design
Branches Derived
Forums

A sample CNA (with all checks): A group of people form a CNA on their topic of interest.  With 'open-doors' joining policies, members of the public may join that CNA by verifying their identities via jointly trusted parties. 

Each member may author new material and, operating in a particular branch capacity, participate in performing reviewing tasks upon submitted material.

Each submission passes through review by randomly selected members in each of three branch capacities.  In the same way, higher-level members may then review the work performed.  When submitted material has passed all required reviews, the new material is incorporated into the published product.

A fully checked CNA includes total accountability and transparency.  Every action performed by every member is bound to their identity, as publicly documented in CNA records.  The full set of checks is documented in CNA Design

The Purpose of CNAs

I have listened to those who say that our best way forward might be to reject present societal infrastructure, but I must speak in a different direction.  When I examine the history of Western Civilization, as arising out of its Dark Ages, what I see includes the Magna Carta, various European enlightenments, the development of Natural and Common Laws, and modern civil forms of governance. This history includes revolutions which appear to arise out of a common pair; of ideas whose times have come, and of entrenched establishments opposed to popular advances. The point in history where I see a new revolution brewing arises with modernity; with the expanding complexity of our society in the 20th and 21st Centuries.

In the US, in this period I see the development of our collective incompetence over our modern banking system, globalization, transnational corporations with nation-sized economies, and an unfathomably large body of written law. We have an executive branch the size of a small country. We have expanded in nationally marketed commercial products, from merely a thousand to more than a million.  We now manufacture products - from raw materials to finished product - requiring a hundred companies and a million hands to ultimately build. While I find myself living in a constitutional republic, where the citizens are to oversee it, I do not feel that any one citizen can reasonably be expected to comprehend it all.

We view nature as naturally self-governing. The argument for the CNA is simple. When the human mind governs itself, everything will have been governed. By design, CNAs are intended to provide us with the necessary tools to collectively achieve this end, such as by way of a division of labor combined with a politically strong infrastructure that vies for the public trust.

This system is to provide for the public creation of organizations on topics ranging from sneakers to bobsleds, from science to politics, and from local to global in scope and concern. Where interested, all one need do is join and participate in the CNA forums, such as on one's topic of choice.

You can ask questions and invite friends or like-minded people. People can form their own groups regarding the topics they find most interesting, compile their own material, and carry on freely with their own discussions and detailed, organizational definitions.

At this time, those who would like to act as pioneers and leaders of our first CNAs are sought.  Since individual CNAs are highly configurable, constitutions must be hammered out and ratified by the leaders of each particular group. 

I look forward to seeing you.

Sincerely,
Mark G. Meyers

 

Further Argumentation and Benefits

The CNA is designed for use as both a political and an epistemological tool.  The 'Cooperative' is its membership, the 'Assembly' is its machine process, and the 'Network' is an underlying, networking infrastructure.

The CNA landscape is intended to facilitate modern infrastructure, organization, leadership, and collective competence.

As a human, I feel I should be responsible for myself, and likewise, collectively, that all of humankind should be responsible for itself. Nature appears to us to be naturally self-governing. Where the human mind is governed, everything will have been governed. The CNA is designed to contribute to our ability to govern ourselves.

That which we call civilization tends to include some accumulation of shared, manifest symbols and structure. With civilization arises a new, manifest layer of shared structure, with its own calling for organization. When defined this way, CNAs contribute to the infrastructure of civilization.

What is the currency of a CNA?  Its members, who must each bind their names to the actions they perform, contributes in terms of human economics.  Its published content contributes in terms of information economics.

The CNA is a “Roman model”, where anyone and everyone may join and participate in performing clearly defined tasks, in the act of collectively producing valid material, by way of collectively conforming to the exercise of good critical skills. 

The CNA is designed to function internally as a political machine, and externally to produce a singular product. It is intended for members of varying points of view to work side-by-side, internally, where any resolvable differences will be unified in its published product. Also, where any irresolvable differences occur, it exists to produce a collection of each point of view.

The CNA is designed to handle political needs, and its business is information. Publicly, our primary check upon CNA power is in our enforced organizational decentralization of it; by CNAs being popularly held to exist as a larger number of smaller organizations.

Benefits

Powers are checked for each power given

The checks serve the public trust

Public knowledge/awareness by way of review of CNA content and records

Structurally/Politically scalable (from principality to republic to democracy)

Cohesive, community-sized topics (a focused understanding)

Topical expertise

Demand feeds back on supply, for a smart product for smart consumers

Unity and consensus on outputs (toward unity with the dissolution of variability)

Participation by all

Clearly defined individual tasks

Responsive and reactive to individual demands

Upward mobility: Experience and skills development for all

Respectable CNA Requirements

  • A defining principle body
  • A clearly stated topic
  • A published set of rules

Software

eXo Platform has been selected as a software package to use for this application (Source Forge).  CNA source code will be kept in its own open source project.

For contact regarding this site, you may email me at:  coopassembly@gmail.com

For any discussion regarding CNAs, please do so in the CNA forums