Self Governance

Most governments desire to be seen as 'government for the people by the people' but were not created by 'the people'. Representative democracy has arguably been humanity's best effort towards it yet relies on corruptable representatives and coercion. In order to achieve sustainable self-governance, four tenets must be maintained:

Voluntaryism - all forms of human association should be voluntary

Decentralization - the process of redistributing or dispersing functions, powers, people or things away from a central location or authority

Delegative - a form of democratic control whereby people have the option to vest voting power in personally known delegates rather than in unknown representatives

Direct Democracy - a form of democracy in which people decide (e.g. vote on, form consensus on) policy initiatives directly

Direct democracy has been a great ideal but impossible to implement on a larger scale...until now. Technology is now at a place to enable a new paradigm shift in self governance on any scale. Bitcoin is quietly revolutionizing the world's currency markets while it's underlying technology, the blockchain, is finding many use cases that are expected to usher in a new paradigm shift in how the internet is used. Combining the Blockchain, Decentralized Applications (Dapps), and WiFi Direct supports peer-to-peer application meshes where people can communicate directly with each other without the need to go through a 3rd party or even the internet if necessary. From Bitcoin to Smart Contracts to Voting Transparency, decentralized applications provide the path to V4D.

V4D is building a public mobile blockchain for providing the transparency we seek in governance while maintaining our privacy and providing us the means to directly shape our laws from the bottom up through community consensus while supporting more fluid internal community structures such as sociocracy.

How is this different than today's Representative Democracies?

Representative vs Delegative

Past -> Today


Claims of Limited Governance

Constitutions are a set of established principles written by a very small number of people who claim to represent a large body of people in the attempt of legitimizing authority over them.

World Wide Declaration of Independence

Self Governance

Constitutions today are born out of aggression which has no place in a free society. A world-wide declaration of independence from aggression (includes coercion) is all that's needed.


Detached Government

Laws that cover a large body of people have been impossible to gain consensus on without the use of representatives although no one person can represent another on every issue.


Voluntary Government

Each individual voting directly or delegating to others who are stronger on an issue provides a framework for voluntary government that can scale. Todays technology now provides the ability to support this.

Separation of Powers

Checks and Balances of the Few

Prevent one branch from becoming supreme and to induce the branches to cooperate. In the end, each branch is part of the same entity easily defending itself on any issue for preservation.

Decentralized Power

Checks and Balances in the Masses

Individuals provide billions of checks and balances through voluntary revocable delegation of one's vote on each issue. If one person gets too powerful, people can revoke their delegated voting power from them.

Coerced Authority

Involuntary Government

The practice of forcing another party to act in an involuntary manner by use of intimidation or threats or some other form of pressure or force. Cooperation requires respect. Coercion demands terror.

Delegated Authority

Voluntary Determination of Authorities

The practice of voluntarily delegating power to others as each individual sees fit.

How is power delegated?


Direct / Delegated Democracy

Choice of Role Per Topic / Issue

Direct / Delegated Vote

Each member votes directly as an individual and/or delegate per topic/issue vs representation where only specified representatives are allowed.

Low Barrier to Participation

Real Campaign Reform

The difficulty and cost of becoming a delegate is small and in particular does not require political campaigning or winning a competitive election.

Delegated Authority

Delegates exercise varying levels of power on behalf of themselves and those individuals who select them as their delegate.

Individual Privacy

To avoid social pressures or coercion, all votes made by individuals are private, both from other individuals and from delegates.

Accountability of the Delegates

Delegated votes made by delegates are completely visible to their delegators.

Specialization by Re-Delegation

Delegates can not only act directly on behalf of individuals as generalists, but through re-delegation they can also act on behalf of each other as specialists.

Delegation Revocation

Delegators can revoke their delegation anytime.

How is this decentralized?


Bottom Up Power Distribution

Flat Voluntary Structures

Organizing bodies are flat.

Bottom Up

As much decision-making authority as practical is shifted to the organization's lowest social level of organization

Individual As Smallest Organization

The individual is the lowest social level of organization where ultimate power resides.


Advocate more involved forms of citizen participation and greater political representation than traditional representative democracy.

How is this voluntary?


All or None

Minority Representation

Away From Majority Rule Democracy

Individual minorities have as much power as an individual of the majority.

Equality in Decision Making

We are all universal beings

Unanimity ensures all are respected.

The Non-Aggression Principle

No Support for Initiation of Force or Coercion

Unanimity does not support anyone forcing their ideas onto others.

Constructive Abstention


A member can abstain in a vote without thereby blocking the success of the vote.

What technologies can support this?


Blockchain Enabled Self Governance

Proof of Vote

One Issue One Person One Vote

The system works to ensure that a person can vote on an issue once either directly or through a delegate.

Transparent Vote Scores

Scores visible to all

Voting results can be seen by all. This is accomplished through the use of a shared public ledger.

Autonomous Voting

Identity remains private

No one can determine whom voted on an initiative through the use of encyption.

Transparent Delegated Voting

Trust but Verify

Voting decisions of a delegate can been seen by delegatees through an encryption method.

How is this built?


V4D Building Blocks

I2P Sensor

Invisible Internet Project

An anonymous network layer for censorship-resistant peer-to-peer (p2p) communication. V4D uses it for all messages between mobile phones.

Tor Sensor

Tor Project

An open network that helps defend against traffic analysis, a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential activities and relationships, and security. V4D uses Tor for all communication to internet sites including decentralized applications like Ethereum unless they are on I2P in which I2P is then used.

QR Scanner Sensor

Matrix Barcode

Scans QR encoded identities (public keys).


Life IDentifier

Self-sovereign identity through generation and management of keys and alias' by the mobile user. Generates and manages keys used in V4D.

Info Vault

Secure Information

Protects your personal information.

Key Ring

Public/Private Keys

Protects your Encryption and Signing keys.


Prevent Double Vote

Unpermissioned blockchain on Android. Anyone can get on but are restricted in what they can do until they create their LID. As their reputation grows, their access will too. Their reputation falls, so does their access, all dependent upon its communities.


Smart Contracts

Turing-complete platform on a mobile using OpenDocuments for the contract language and a TWEANN AI for execution.

What can we expect and when?


A map from base functionality to a full featured fully secured governance application beginning as a basic light voting application.

0.3 - Communities & Voting

2019 EOY

Supports creating new bills with simple hard-coded templated voting rules using platform's LID and groups functionality.

0.7 - Delegation

2020 EOY

Supports each member to delegate per topic/issue. Delegated votes made by delegates are completely visible to their delegators. Delegators can revoke their delegation anytime.

1.0 - Smart Contracts

2021 EOY

Adds generating smart contracts for communities (groups) based on templates and a UI and then using them for contract-based voting.

2.0 - Inter-Community Contracts

2022 EOY

Supports contracts between communities such as defense pacts.

How can I help?