It sounds like another call for a design of a web-based platform for participatory democracy.
Team Syntegrity architecture is still unparalleled for designing variety engineered spaces. Imagine a 'world forum space' where Statements of Importance are posted within a fully collaborative social network navigation space that is a fractal icosahedron, that is each emerging topic that comes out of a plexus of players forms a virtual syntegration, and each syntegration topic could spin off its own syntegration.
The whole system is interconnected to the various levels of recursion of citizen, syntegration, pollsters, industry, think-tanks, up to the highest governance level who are receiving not 1,000 items from 30 voices but 12 focused statements useful to policy and decision making from each infoset.
The navigation interface could be user selected to match their own context / metaphors, for instance the entire domain is the earth with major 'regions' and geographical subsets, or the domain is a country within which you can find different architectural structures, or the domain is my house and I can find objects that are familiar to me, my desk, workshop, kitchen cabinet, storage containers, etc - every level of recursion and its subsets represents the overall conversation content, syntegration plexuses, topic categories, and so on.
I suggested in an earlier post a Metaphorum project proposal to design the 'participatory democracy' platform as above and embed it in its place in a VSM model as a way to explain the concepts of viability and further to get funding from any agency, foundation, university, etc. that is interested in participative, democratic methods and technologies that enrich and maintain the feedback loops between 'governance for the people' and 'governance by the people'.
Allenna, Chris and I met Tad Homer-Dixon (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Homer-Dixon
) and 3 years ago we talked about an initiative he was considering when he was at University of Toronto to develop an open source software based problem solving process / technology. Tad has since published his latest book 'the Upside of Down' and is now at University of Waterloo. We haven't communicated since about the UofT initiative.
I think there is a high probability that there will be available funding somewhere for something like what I'm proposing, but it would take a big effort on all of our parts to focus on this one idea and develop a convincing proposal.
I appreciate that there have been a number of appeals, including yours, to get some critical mass around a common project. If Nick's proposal to Google is accepted I imagine that might be the focus and that would be fine.
We do know that this is where the web is taking us - where will we take the web?