The “kernel” of the idea is project maplesync: an inclusive, open-source distributed economic decision making system for Canada. (plain language summary to follow below)
Maplesync is a proposal for open-source national level accounting and strategic indicative planning systems that anyone can contribute to. The idea is that by providing better baseline information to entrepreneurs (and more) we can build capacity for greater prosperity in terms of economic, social and environmental wealth.
Indicative planning simply means to draw attention to strategic options via collective intelligence design techniques.
plain language summary: (shareable Google Doc link available on main page)
MAPLESYNC: a collaborative strategic planning process for Canada
How might we share strategic information to improve economic, social and environmental prosperity?
We have the opportunity to participate in economic decisions every day, including selling, renting and, mostly, buying products and services. From the micro level, these decisions contribute to the collective use of knowledge in society. Our decisions shape other decisions, from the bottom up, for the rest of the economy.
But what about the big, macro decisions? The strategies and plans? People aren’t normally involved, on a daily basis, in the strategic planning of companies or governments – let alone of an entire country.
But what if they were involved, in real time?
What if regular people on a mass scale had the chance to collectively indicate, or point attention to, opportunities and directions which a national economy could rally around and make happen?
This is exactly what maplesync intends to make possible as a grand project.
Overview: 5 W’s:
What is maplesync?
Project maplesync is a blueprint to lay the foundations for systems that answer the above “how might we” question: How might we share strategic information to improve economic, social and environmental prosperity?
Maplesync lays out the possibilities of crowdsourcing strategic plans, plans that provide a roadmap into the future, at the national level. These strategic plans will point attention to areas of economic concern and generate ideas for addressing these concerns.
In other words, a large group of Canadians could collaborate online to co-create a plan that helps meet the needs of Canadians by identifying opportunities, collecting and filtering ideas. This gives participants the ability to pool their collective intelligence to co-create plans from a great variety of different vantage points.
These plans would not be binding, but will act as more than a petition as they lay stepwise, integrative directions that concentrate attention and action. Individuals, entrepreneurs, innovators, companies, nonprofits and governments would be able to coordinate action around these plans as the benchmark.
Why do we need maplesync?
To increase the prosperity, equity, and ecological flourishing of the Canadian economy and all of its participants through comprehensive inclusion. Maplesync platforms will allow for better large-scale, web based decision making that respects and addresses planetary boundaries, human needs, and pathways to prosperity. This will be achieved by including new voices at an equivalent but parallel high level to guide the big direction of Canada’s economy.
Maplesync projects will recalibrate existing systems to reflect the preferences, wants and needs of individual citizens from all vantages points – not just the purview of top ranks in government and corporations. We need a useful platform, like maplesync, whose mechanisms are transparent, replicable at different scales, and are broadly useful.
How will we make it and who will make it?
By collecting a bundle of existing digital tools and collaboratively building new ones, under the umbrella of a new, open source, integrative mission.
People will participate in maplesync in 3 broad stages:
- Building the software and systems
- Contributing knowledge and ideas to the planning process
- Voting on the outcomes of the planning process
All will have a say in the overall design of the system, and the process will be entirely transparent and remixable.
Where will the first iteration of maplesync launch?
The kernel of the idea of maplesync is actually designed to be adapted and implemented anywhere. But it was designed, also, with Canada in mind as this is the context I know.
So, for eCanada – inspired by eEstionia and built “open-source” (free time copy, remix, and build upon for any scale and context) to support a new vision of economic growth.
To socially-construct a digital space to disagree and reconcile about our big-picture, shared direction.
For more information about what systems might be included as part of maplesync, read the sociotechnical specifications section of the kernel.
Systemigram of how maplesync might work – what are the tools? (page 30 of the Gen 1 Kernel / white paper)