Benevolent dictator

One community member, the benevolent dictator (BD), holds ultimate decision-making power, aided by a Board. The Board will eventually become the basis of a more inclusive governance structure.

Circles

Activities are carried out through individual Roles and small groups called Circles, which have the ability to decide and act on matters in their domain. Representatives of Circles meet in a Council to coordinate efforts and determine the domains of each Circle.

Consensus

Decisions that affect the group collectively must be agreed on by all members.

Do-ocracy

Those who take initiative to do work for the community can decide how they do that work. If any community members hold serious concerns, they can start a proposal to halt what someone is doing.

Elected board

An annually elected board of no more than 5 members determines policies and implements them.

Jury

Agreements are implemented through ad hoc juries made up of randomly selected members. A community administrator oversees the process and has the capacity to remove community members.

Petition

All members have potentially equal voice in a direct democracy. Volunteer community administrators, who are invited by other administrators, carry out the community's decisions.

Self-appointed board

An annually self-appointed board of no more than 5 members determines policies and implements them.

Trias politica

Three distinct and countervailing entities carry out executive, legislative, and judicial functions, respectively.