The full post referencing knowledge about complex adaptive systems is: Designing efficient societies. What works from a scientific point of view. The summery is below:
If someone promises something without specifying the consequences if they don’t deliver, consider asking them, “or else what?” until they come up with a specific natural consequence that you agree with. Ask for it in writing. If the writing is not readable, say no deal until that contract is readable. “Power is never granted, only taken”, and adding a feedback loop is 1 way to do it peacefully.
Focus on doing what you love to do and are good at. Do all you say you will do, don’t encroach on others or their stuff (Richard Maybury), and make amends for the inevitable mistakes. Define what is valuable to you and trade your valuable stuff (time, brain, body) only by mutual agreement with other competent entities. You can defend your stuff and not take on others’ stuff.
3 areas rarely set up correctly:
Money – NEVER, EVER let others’ control a money supply by fiat. Use only competing currencies. Make no laws about what, and how, people "should" value things.
Voting - Current forms of voting are inefficient, and “…vulnerable to strategic manipulation...”mainly due to very weak feedback loops. So,
Scope of action - (money, projection of power). Decisions are vastly more effective locally because, “Elements in the system are ignorant of the behaviour of the system as a whole responding only to what is available to it locally.” Therefore, efficient taxes are collected only once, locally, and at the point of sale. They are spent at the level of the tax, and/or 1(one) level away.