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Project Politics

First published June-2010
last update 7-July-2011

Whereas a government is defined as the dominant organizational force in society, submitting partisans and non-partisans alike, a project is defined as a not-so-dominant organizational force dedicated to a specific effort.

Though many of the principles of government apply to a project, some do not. Most importantly, whereas it’s good for a government to include all its people in the decision making process (see On Democracy), a project by definition must inherently strive to include those people that share in the effort that defines the project and exclude those that don’t share the effort. Though direct decentralized democracy is perhaps the only coherent form of government, there are many forms of coherent organizations viable for a project, depending on who is affected by the project and what is required for the project to succeed.

Personal and Benign

A project that is by definition personal and has no noticeable affect on others, such as make a sand sculpture, has little use of a organizational committee insofar as the material required for the project can be assumed by the person undertaking the endeavor.

Community and Benign

A project that would affect people "outside the project" as anyone is liable to see the sculpture, and so such a should consult with the people affected to ensure there is no potential conflicts that would arise from the nature of the project and if so attempt to resolve them. However, such a project need not include all affected people in the deciding upon the details.

Examples of such projects would be the idea to erect a sculpture on top of a hill. Insofar as no one is bothered by the idea, how exactly the sculpture is made, installed and whether it is successful is largely irrelevant to those who, though not opposed to the idea, have no particular desire or time to contribute to it’s success.

Written by Eerik Wissenz.

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