Cooperative Network Assemblies

Collectively Proficient. Politically Strong.

CNA Design
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Further Illustrations (simple to complex set-ups)

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

Comprehensive Points of View

Civilization brings with it greater hierarchy and interdependence than the indigenous.  It appears that some advancements have been made by way of these systems of governance, but I think with marginal success.  By improving our systems, greater representation, morality, participation, expertise, and awareness may be realized.    
Civilization does not fail because of capitalism, socialism, democracy, liberalism, or conservatism.  It fails because of the discrepancy between what we say we're going to do, and what we actually do.  I am not as concerned with the structure of society, as I am with the discrepancy between our world and our minds. 

Let us incorporate our political system into our informational communities.  We'll check our minds.  As go our minds, our bodies will naturally follow.  

We know how to draw civilization on a board, but real-time audits will consistently show failure when comparing our design and intent with our reality. I also call this "the gap", or a gap, collectively, between what we say (inclusive of methods in propaganda and pandering), and what we do. I see three leading ways in which our general populations have been enabled in the face of this "civilization audit failure" (there are no doubt others):
1) Reading, writing and arithmetic for the general population is fundamentally enabling.
2) Modern telecommunications for the general population is fundamentally enabling.
3) Representative systems of governance begin to step in the right direction, but will have to open up wide in order to fully come into effect and really bloom. How do we do this? Every agency - every peer group - every political district - every charity - every knowledge community drafts, ratifies and puts into effect its own rule of - not laws, but bylaws and democratic infrastructure, yielding thousands of "constitutional communities". Currently, cooperatives, credit unions, and other private organizations across the country operate successfully by way of their own democratic constitutions. When we graduate to a general population that can draft and implement "rules of law" as opposed to "rules of rulers", then we will have provided ourselves with the necessary infrastructure that we need in order to govern ourselves as a species. I've spent some time thinking about this; the thoughts of which are at It's really a very flexible realm of ideas. With this type of infrastructure, we can gather, organize, and create our world.

If this point of view resonates with you, please feel free to share it with others.  I thank you for your time. 

Currently, we are commonly using many allegedly noble authorities, but which are actually small, elite, hierarchically-appointed bands who conduct all of the filtering and selection of authoritative material, in private chambers. Consider political and infrastructural challenges in scientific communities (link 1, link 2, link 3).

Now let us try this a different way.  For our information, we will combine bureaucracy with our own work.  We will each participate in the topics of our careers and pleasures, and in doing so, we will also produce public information, by way of of our collective involvement and expertise.  All work performed will have full transparency and accountability. 

There may be compromise, democracy, and bureaucracy either way, but as the agencies go, it will be either by the general public, or by elite parties.  As opposed to the rule of man, throughout thousands of organizations we may achieve what has only been achieved in Credit Unions, Co-Operatives, and other clubs of localized scope or concern, by way of the rule of law.

We could bring populations all the way back to herds and flocks. In a herd, the alphas lead, and the betas follow. When the pack does not wish to follow, they break from the alphas, and go a separate way.

We create governments with republican and democratic structures to try to incorporate some system wherein the morality of the people will reflect back upon the actions of their leaders. In history, there appears to be a repeated pattern of separation between the general population and the leadership. I think it may even be measurable, such that the size of the waywardness of the leadership's ways may correspond to the size of the separation between the two.

Imagine a world where people know what is going on, and where represented and representative blend together, as opposed to operating as two ships passing in the night. How would we do this? By dividing ourselves up by our particular interests. Rather than society becoming a thing with one central head that oversees more than any individual can or should, it can be collectively comprised of a population with expertise. For each chunk of our great sophistication, we may include bodies which operate democratically within themselves. The sum of thousands of such groups would comprise the whole informational society of man.

All I think we would need to do is incorporate democracy into each of the particular groups.

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

Let me know if you wish to create and participate in a CNA forum, such as on your 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 develop detailed, organizational definitions.

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.


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 Startup CNA Requirements

  • A defining, founding body
  • A clearly stated topic
  • A published set of rules


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