Following Hardt and Negri (Multitude: War and Democracy in the Age of Empire, 2004):
“One approach to understanding the democracy of the multitude [=masses] (…) is as an open-source society, that is, a society whose source code is revealed so that we can all work collaboratively to solve its bugs and create new, better social programs.”
Underneath this statement lies the question: What can be learned from the open source movements (Free Software Foundation and Open Source Initiative, see as well Berry, 2008) to create a better society?
Other Open Source Principle might be interesting to look at, such as:
- the radical transparency in each chain of the proces
- the rough consensus-building rather than the king or presidents demands