139 Other Types of Government

February 13, 2014 · Posted in innovation · 1 Comment 

Government Options RedactedPolitical groups continually fight for control but results never change much. That is because the basic type of government never changes. What other types of government are possible?

Even if you personally hate politics this article is important because all organizations have some system. Your company, family, or other relationships all operate on a system. Have you considered all the different systems available?

Government is a system of Who Decides and How the decision is made. It often is also mixed in with Who Pays. Whether Monarchy, Republic, Democracy, Dictator, Fascism, or Communism those are all the same basic type, Other Person Decides. Text books, news outlets, pundits, and especially the politicians repeatedly claim they and their flavor of system is different. When you closely examine those systems for Who Decides you see those are all the same type of system. If we really want to find better results we need a different approach. What are the other types?

Using Decider in a Predictive Innovation Alternatives Grid reveals 36 types of Who Decides.


Indirect Opposite
Indirect Other
Same / Stable
Become Stable
Return to Stable
1 One person directly decides.
One person directly affected decides.
One person in favor of action decides.
One person who will benefit from action decides.Example:

  • The person does the action.
One opposing person decides.
One person who will suffer from the decision decides.
One person directly decides against the action.Example:

  • Single person veto
One person decides actions of other people.

  • Boss
  • Parent
  • Criminal
  • President
  • Dictator

Other person once.

One neutral person decides.
One unaffected person decides.
Unaffected person decides once.
One person stays the same.
Same person(s) once.
Decider same as Payer, User, etc.

  • Judge
  • Referee
  • King
  • Priest(s) declares permanent law
Becomes one person.
Person stabilizes once.

  • Tie breaking vote
  • Last person in a process
  • Trainee gains full control
One person fluctuates.
Person fluctuates once.

  • Person makes one decision, different person decides next time
  • Substitute king, judge, etc.
% Some people directly decide to do the action. “We agree to do this”

  • Voluntary democracy, group buying a pizza
Some people decide to not do it.

  • % votes to veto
% Voting decides actions of other people.

  • State Democracy
Portion of same people decide.
Partially neutral people decide.
Some neutral people decide.Examples:

  • Arbitration committee votes
  • Supreme Court
Becomes a % of people.
Becomes a partial decider.

  • Child or trainee becomes a voter
  • Join a group
  • Mentally incapacitated
People who vote fluctuate.
% required for an action to pass fluctuates.
Person partial fluctuates.
M Many people in favor of decision decide.
Many people directly decide, they do the action as a group.
Person in favor of decision many times.
Decided by many people directly related to the action or results.

  • Pregnancy
  • Partnership
  • Large project requiring others to help.
Many people opposed to the action decide.
Many people negatively affected decide.
Many people decide against action.
Group required to block an action.
Against action many times.
Multiple groups needed to decide against action.
Many other people decide.
Something that can be decided by different people.
Group of 3rd party people required to decide.

  • Escrow with confirmation
  • Bureaucracy
Many neutral people decide.
Need a number of neutral people to make decision.
Many people stay the same.
Same multiple people.
Same group.
Decider same many times.
Neutral people decide many times.
Starts as other type of decider then becomes a group.
Group stabilizes on size, or composition of members.
Group fluctuates.
Many people fluctuate.
Person(s) fluctuates many times.
Anyone decides for the action.

  • Freedom
  • Open Source
  • Public Domain
Anyone blocks an action.

  • “If anyone objects to this marriage let them stand now or forever hold their piece.”
Any other person decides.
Seconding a motion in a meeting.
Anyone stays the same.
Anyone same as anyone else.
Neutral person decides anytime.
Any neutral person decides.
Becomes anyone.
Anyone stabilizes.
Person stabilizes anytime.
Anyone changes.
Changes between anyone.
Person changes anytime.

  • Anyone can gain or lose authority
  • Anyone has authority to decide, no fixed decision maker
  • Ad hoc deciders
Everyone decides.
Default is not do it.
Always person for action.
Always directly decide.
Everyone must agree to block an action.
Opposite of anyone decides to do an action.
Always opposite person.
Everyone else.Always other person. Everyone the same.
Everyone in the deciding group stays the same.
Always the same person/people.
All the arbitration committee agrees.
Becomes everyone.
Everyone stabilizes.
Always stabilizes.
Everyone fluctuates.
Fluctuates between everyone.
Always fluctuates.

  • Everyone takes turn deciding
0 No one decides.
Person never decides directly. Person never decides for the action.Examples:

  • Banned
  • Must confer or ask permission
  • Left to chance
  • Lack of knowledge
No one blocks decision.
Free to do.
No one needed to block.
Unknown how to do action.
No one else.
Decision exclusively made by one person or type of person. Never other person.
Not pressured.

  • Personal decision (same as Direct)
  • Emotions
  • Personal decision
  • Impossible to delegate
No one stays the same.
Never same person.
Take turns to decide. (person decides once)
Stays no one.
Always randomly chosen.
Becomes no one.
Never becomes a person.

  • Decision grows too complex
Person never changes (always the same)
No one changes.

How many other types of governments are there?

That chart shows 36 types and there are many examples for each type plus there can be combinations between types. Decider is only one aspect, the Decision, How the Decision is made, and Payer are also important because there are strong interactions. So there are 4 * 36 types = 144 and as many as 1,679,616 combinations. Keep in mind that Who Decides & Who Pays are crucial to Economic systems which are not the same as governments even though they interact.

There are a huge number of options rather than Other Person Decides. So the next time you are offered Party A or Party B think about the rest of the menu they never showed you.

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Predict All Future Innovations

March 21, 2009 · Posted in abundance, innovation · Comment 

I’ve developed a method that allows you to predict all innovations for any product, service or entire industry.

Innovation is an information processing activity. To innovate you gather, analyze, organize, and then put information to use. Innovation is more than just thoughts and dreams. To make innovation real you must do something. To successfully innovate you must implement the right ideas at the right time in the right way. The Predictive Innovation Method helps you at each step of the way.

How does the Predictive Innovation Method work?

The method is based on a few basic premises, one is all possible concepts can be described, even if current technology can’t deliver them yet. Think of it like a library. There is a section and a shelf for everything. Sometimes the book has already been written and its there on the shelf when you want it. Other times you look and the book is missing. That is an innovation waiting to happen.

Another basic premise is there are consistent physical laws that govern the universe. Everything in the universe works within these laws. The interactions produce the tremendous variety we find. We see this all around us. Everything is made up of basic components following the same laws to create the variety we experience.

For example consider the common expression “the world is not black and white, it is shades of gray.” The intent is to say the world is complex and there are more than two choices. This implies decisions might be difficult or impossible.

When you examine it more closely you find something amazing. Starting with any two shades of gray you can never achieve the entire range. You can’t get darker or lighter than the two starting points. You are stuck moving to a dull point in the middle.

On the other hand if you start with black and white you can mix those two and achieve all shades of gray plus the extremes of black and white. The correct system produces infinite results with precision.

During my 25 years of experience analyzing literally thousands of systems the same basic elements and structures kept popping up. I discovered that by breaking down anything into 3 specific dimensions creating approximately 7 sets of 15 by 7 matrices I can describe anything with enough accuracy to be able to build it.

Anyone can quickly learn this method and start producing all the innovations they need. It makes innovation measurable and manageable.

My goal is to work with an organization that will support me promoting this method.
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