Magnova

  • Collaboratively solve global problems
  • Democratize the means of production

Welcome to Magnova. This website is a hub for voluntary direct action and organizing. Providing a suite of always-free tools for identifying issues in the world that need to be solved and for coordinating the action to solve them, Magnova provides digital infrastructure that people need to govern themselves without money, exploitation, or repression of liberty.

Many people are alienated by problems they feel powerless to address. The powerful entities that do exist, like large corporations and governments, are actually responsible for many of those problems, so it is unrealistic to depend on them to fix them. If we, The People, want to make the world more livable for all, then it falls on us to organize by creating a new system. Instead of copying the strategies of our exploiters, Magnova offers a completely new method for making things happen. It arose from the earnest question: "How could the management of an evolving, complex society be handled entirely with direct participatory democracy?"

How does it work?

  • Document challenges that many face
  • Collaboratively overcome problems
  • Deploy projects locally with modifications
  • Sum community needs and wants
  • Track shared resources
  • Compile open-source formulas for social-profit production
  • Moneyless economy grows through voluntary action
  • Distribute surplus freely with priority to contributors

Magnova is an ecosystem of organizing action using grassroots and democratic principles. When it is fully developed, it will provide tools for different steps of mass action: identifying Issues in the world and their connections, designing Projects to address them, dividing Projects into Tasks that individuals can do, deploying Projects to different Locations, sharing and distributing Resources, and collecting Formulas for producing new Resources.

Building this system requires a lot of data and a cogent organization of it. Magnova leverages a document-oriented database, MongoDB, to organize the kinds of data we need into what are called "models". Magnova's API allows users to read, create, and edit instances of each model. Different pages on the site allow users to navigate this data and modify its connections in different ways. The following models make it all possible:

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Issues

Problem-solving starts with identifying the problem. On Magnova, any registered user can create a page for something they see wrong with the world: an Issue.

News cycles are short, and people either don't know or forget about what's going on. The Issue page is a place to record the news, explain the problems with the status quo, offer moral reasoning for action, and link Project pages.

Every current event has a history and often systemic causes. To address problems, it is important to address the causes rather than merely the symptoms. To that end, Magnova gives registered users the ability to assign an Issue as a contributing factor to another Issue, and anyone can navigate this node map in the Nexus (link in the top-left Menu). Complex problems can democratically be broken down into their underlying factors.

Local Issues

To assess the state of affairs in different locations, you can create a Local Issue page on any Issue template page (select an Issue via map interface) or on any Location page (select an Issue via searchbar). Communities can use Local Issue pages to organize around problems where they live, whether it be a country or city.

Soon, it will be possible to measure the material "Harms" of Issue templates and Local Issues.

Projects

Templating civic engagement as direct action opportunites, Projects act as hubs for:

  • Organizing coherent plans
  • Establishing what resources are needed
  • Sharing know-how
  • Making direct action scalable

Soon, you will be able to deploy Projects to Locations as Local Projects, allowing for precision adaptation in varying circumstances.

What can Magnova accomplish?

  • Empower meaningful, global community-building
  • Democratize the means of production
  • Scaffold a voluntary, moneyless, resource-based economy
  • Provide living essentials for free

Magnova's Issue-Project-Task pipeline is a radical re-envisioning of the flow of human labor. It crowdsources each step of the problem-solving process to democratize humanity in a way that's impossible through social media and existing infrastructure. By offering grassroots management tools catering to social-profit production and services, it replaces the profit incentive with non-transactional mutual aid. Most organizations handle the division of labor by having a rich person or social elite tell employees what to do. We instead provide a method for communities to collectively figure out the work that needs to be done and coordinate voluntary action.

Every living being has certain quantifiable needs for survival, with food, clean water, and shelter topping the list. Human needs and wants go beyond these basics, evolving with psychological discoveries, technological inventions, and medical breakthroughs. Capitalism posits markets as the best way to nurture innovation and allocate resources, yet markets have yielded us a world where there are more unoccupied houses than homeless people, people with inadequate health insurance suffering from and dying to preventable/treatable diseases, and food/technology/clothes being thrown away. An economy is a way of allocating scarce resosurces. If your economy incentivizes the scarcification of resources, it is a bad economy.

We propose an economy of voluntary mutual aid and social profit. Humans are happiest and work the most passionately when they feel like they are part of a community that cares about them, and where generosity can change the world for the better. Magnova thus reimagines labor as a set of voluntary contributions that sustain the community, and replaces exchange with demand-driven production + egalitarian distribution. Where work in the capitalist economy is gatekept behind years of commitment, Magnova divides work into specific Tasks that users will be able to associate with Skills (and vice versa), directly integrating education into labor.

Social Profit Economy

  1. Make lists of Resources you need and want
  2. Magnova outputs members' collective needs
  3. Produce or donate things others need
  4. Trusted member verifies work
  5. Become a trusted member by contributing time consistently
  6. Receive free deliveries
  7. Higher priority delivery for more contributions

From Lavra, the programmer:

The problem isn’t that we don’t have enough bread, houses, or phones (i.e. “scarcity”). The issues lie in how these goods are produced and accessed. The market forces of supply and demand are both manipulated by wealthy proponents of “free markets” and by the politicians they finance to create artificial scarcity and facilitate extravagantly profitable price gouging. As a result, prices for everything essential are rising way faster than wages.

Let’s build infrastructure that is designed with the principles of human dignity at the forefront. Practice giving things away. Pay things forward to people who are needier than us. Build up our communities with mutual aid and set examples of social profit. Help a friend cover an emergency bill if we get a nice bonus. Talk to people on the fence. Teach people about the possibilities of a world with unconditional income. We can help build the new world in the shell of the old.

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Everyone will be able to create a list of Resources they need, and a separate list for those they want. Compiling these lists for all users will provide a list of production goals that the community wants to meet. Based on those needs, the Magnova community will build up a repertoire of Formulas for producing those Resources. Projects will be created to blueprint production processes, and Tasks set up that will allow Magnova users to get in on the action.

When you complete Tasks, you will be able to submit a record of what you did, which will be verified by trusted community members. The hours that you contribute to production or community-beneficial Tasks will be recorded. For a given Resource, Magnova will provide makers a distribution list of people within a shipping distance of their choosing. Magnova won't mandate logistical decisions, but we will provide tools to sort the distribution list by the total number of hours a person has contributed, choosing a bundle amount for the Resource in question, and delivering that amount to each person on the list in order of hours they've contributed.

What can I do?

Magnova is a project driven by the action of its community members. If you believe in the society we are trying to build, you can make it happen sooner by contributing to this open-source database, spreading the word, and getting involved in action that will help your community. There are numerous ways you can be help this movement and more to come with future features. Magnova is explicitly designed to enable small individual contributions to vortex together into paradigm shifts.

Any visitors to this site can do the things in white text, and anybody who registers can do the actions in pink text.

Student

  • Search our content from the Wiki to get up to speed on the state of the world and activism

News Hound

  • Share Magnova pages on social media. We have a Twitter, a Facebook page, a Facebook group, and a Patreon

Analyzer

  • Unpack the connections between Issues and Projects in the Nexus

Planner

  • Share this platform's tools with activists you know

Volunteer

  • Introduce Magnova to organizations with whom you associate
  • Check the Projects portal to find organizations who inspire you

Digital Wizard