Aiki Wiki and Democracy

MetaGov Interoperability Grant Focus and VisionScope

Aiki Wiki is a conversational game that forms a “narrative consensus”, a fully transparent resolution for decision making that offers conflict resolution for governance in such a manner that does not rely on a voting algorithm.

This project is applying for the MetaGov interoperability grant which will take Aiki Wiki Version 1.0 (Parley–a game for two people), into Aiki Wiki version 2.0 (Consensus Dojo, a game for 5 – 25 people with AI interface) for testing and researching narrative consensus impact with voting based systems.

While Aiki Wiki Version 1 (Parley) focuses on a two person consensus agreement, Version 2 (Consensus Dojo) focuses on multi-party consensus for governance systems, including web3, and Version 3 completes an open source global library of consensus articles. (See project review)

Open, transparent, and continually resolving consensus governance

Aiki Wiki allows for a narrative consensus to form through a game of natural human conversation via a computer interface and computational system. 

Aiki Wiki is a type of game theory applied to conversation. As the game forms around distributing powers within the consensus editing process to participants who disagree and ask questions, it has the same open properties that any democracy does. 

The distinction however is that this open consensus process does not rely on voting for consensus publication, it relies on a continually open conversation that is perfectly thorough, flexible, resolving and complete. 

Aiki Wiki indeed does have high stakes in consensus building. The stakes in Aiki Wiki is the immutable publication of a consensus contract, derived from the whole system of conversations around the contract.

In principle, this is all any group or organization could potentially use for governance, whatever the consensus publishes becomes the directive or the decision and everybody participates in the conversation.

Yet Aiki Wiki’s process is not designed to replace voting based Democratic systems, but to complement them, even integrate with them if necessary. Aiki Wiki can be an open, interoperable game to be exported to other systems.

Here are some different ways that a narrative consensus process can work alongside voting based systems:

1. Pre-Vote Deliberation:

Narrative Consensus Process: Before any formal voting takes place, participants engage in a thorough conversational game to explore different perspectives and build a shared understanding.

Outcome: This ensures that when the vote occurs, participants are well-informed and have considered all viewpoints, leading to more thoughtful and representative decisions.

2. Post-Vote Reflection

Narrative Consensus Process: After a vote, participants use the Aiki Wiki system to reflect on the decision, discuss its implications, and explore any remaining concerns or dissenting opinions.

Outcome: This continuous dialogue helps in addressing any issues that arise post-decision and maintains engagement and transparency within the group.

3. Hybrid Decision-Making

Narrative Consensus Process: Certain aspects of a decision can be handled through consensus, while others are resolved through voting. For example, narrative consensus could be used to set the agenda or frame the options to be voted on.

Outcome: This allows for a more flexible approach where complex, nuanced topics are discussed in depth, and more straightforward issues are resolved quickly through voting.

4. Consensus for Strategic Planning, Voting for Tactical Decisions

Narrative Consensus Process: Strategic, long-term planning is facilitated through narrative consensus to ensure comprehensive dialogue and inclusive participation.

Voting-Based System: Tactical, day-to-day operational decisions are made through voting for efficiency and clarity.

Outcome: This division ensures that broad, impactful decisions benefit from deep discussion, while operational decisions remain efficient.

5. Consensus for Problem-Solving, Voting for Implementation

 Narrative Consensus Process: When a problem arises, a narrative consensus approach can be used to explore solutions and build agreement on the best course of action.

Voting-Based System: Once a solution is agreed upon, a vote can be held to determine the specific steps and resource allocation for implementation.

Outcome: This ensures that solutions are well-vetted and broadly supported, while implementation remains decisive and clear.

6. Iterative Feedback Loops

Narrative Consensus Process: Continuous feedback loops where participants engage in narrative consensus discussions at various stages of a project or policy implementation.

Voting-Based System: Periodic votes are held to make formal decisions based on the ongoing consensus discussions.

Outcome: This creates a dynamic governance system where decisions are constantly informed by real-time feedback and ongoing dialogue.

7. Emergency Decision Protocols:

Narrative Consensus Process: For regular decision-making, the narrative consensus process is used to ensure thorough discussion and agreement.

Voting-Based System: In cases of emergency where rapid decisions are required, a pre-defined voting protocol is activated to make quick decisions.

Outcome: This balances the need for in-depth consensus with the ability to act swiftly when necessary.

By integrating these approaches, organizations can leverage the strengths of both narrative consensus processes and voting-based systems, creating a more inclusive, flexible, and responsive governance model.

Version 3.0 of Aiki Wiki will be the completion of a Global Library of Consensus Articles that will be free of charge, Open Source, and in the Public Domain.