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.
- Autocracy The benevolent dictator (BD) holds ultimate decision-making power in the community.
- Executive The BD is responsible for implementing—or delegating implementation of—policies and other decisions.
- Lobbying If participants are not happy with the BD’s leadership, they may voice their concerns or leave the community.
- Board A board advises the BD.
- Membership The BD invites active, committed participants to join the Board, whose members help the BD in managing the community.
- Evolution When the Board reaches 5 members, including the BD, the Board assumes control of the community. This control is activated upon the Board unanimously adopting a new Rule. Until then, the BD can change the governance structure of the community at will.
- Do-ocracy Those who step forward to do a given task can decide how it should be done, within the guidelines that the BD sets.
- Membership Participation is open to anyone who wants to join. The BD can remove misbehaving participants at will for the sake of the common good.