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Organization of Center for Collaborative Law
  1. CommonAccord is a fundamentally decentralized system. There is no need for a hub. The fit with decentralized transacting platforms like blockchain is explored at Decentralized Law and the Blockchain. It is also light-weight. The current system is hosted on GitHub and presented via Heroku, for free, using accounts that anyone can open. The system can be installed privately by anyone, anywhere on a "LAMP" stack, or now on Docker. One can host files on any system, including Mediawiki. There is no technical need for a "center."
  2. Law, however, is fundamentally social, and harmonization of rules (codification) is one of its most ancient and effective methods. Some social and business problems require harmonized solutions, and there is a large body of knowledge about legal codification and communities that do it well.
  3. Accordingly, it seems useful to have an organization, perhaps a "Center for Collaborative Law," that will act as fiduciary for a Cell that is a set of materials for the global aspects of codification. This will be an assortment of legal forms, widgets, and software code, like the current site at commonaccord.org and github.com/commonaccord/Cmacc-Org.
  4. As a starting point for discussion, the Center for Collaborative Law should be not-for-profit, based in civil society (rather than government), very light-weight, focused on supporting the community of coders, both legal and software. The "Cmacc" format should be submitted to a technical standards procedure. When a new parser is written, it should also be subject to a formal codification. Most of the rest should remain a matter of free choice and competition.
  5. The Center for Collaborative Law's budget will likely be from donations, though micropayments could be explored.