[hackerspaces] a study of governance

Xer0Dynamite dreamingforward at gmail.com
Tue Aug 16 01:31:08 CEST 2016

Yes, that is my ultimate conclusion and I have made a game to combine
both:  the Pangaia World Game (aka Hacker World Domination).  See

It is a self-organizing system that combines both virtues into one
single system.

For the documents that started this thread, see


On 8/15/16, Edward L Platt <ed at elplatt.com> wrote:
> The book "Reinventing Organizations" has some excellent case studies of
> organizations that fit into a third, self-managed category:
> http://www.reinventingorganizations.com/ -Ed
> On Mon, Aug 15, 2016 at 6:44 PM, Xer0Dynamite <dreamingforward at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> In the cornucopia of hackerspaces, two organizational structures seem
>> to stand the test of time:  '''do-ocracy''' and '''bureaucracy'''.
>> They represent two competing ideals.  Do-ocracy is a vertical axis of
>> individualism and bureaucracy is a horizontal axis of collective
>> action.  Economically, the comparison would be like capitalism vs.
>> socialism.
>> The success of do-ocracy is that you can just get things done -- if
>> you ''already have the will for it''.
>> The success of bureaucracy is that everyone is empowered -- when there
>> are resources to do them.
>> The weakness of do-ocracies is that since there is no pre-planning,
>> things you need ''aren't there''.  It gets there ''after'' a failure
>> occurs and ''if'' the individual acts on it.
>> The weakness of bureaucracy is that things happen s-l-o-w-l-y because
>> it's difficult to reach consensus and people burn out.
>> Most hackerspaces are not quite at these extremes as do-ocracies
>> implement weekly meetings, for example, for collective discussion, and
>> bureaucracies generally allow individual action when it doesn't
>> adversely affect anyone else or affect safety.
>> Most adhocracies seem to die out through lack of leadership,
>> participation, and entropy.
>> Here endeth the lesson.
>> \0x
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