The modern economy runs on carbon fuels and paperwork.  For paperwork there is a simple solution.

Paperwork clogs our interactions, decision-making, disk drives, and file cabinets. It is a barrier to the real work of individuals, organizations and society.

Paperwork can be automated and nearly eliminated, directly by the participants.

Instead of word processing document exchanges, parties document their transactions with short lists (term sheets) that reference the type of transaction they wish and the relevant persons, places, things, and circumstances.  Or their list points to a prior list and states differences.

These lists render into conventional full-text documents.  Parties can print, sign, and scan the full-text documents if they wish, but the data is in the lists and links.

We can build a legal code.  It can be curated by experts.  The code can be clear, consistent, and constantly improving.

The lists are “distributed.”  Users control their own data and interactions.  They can even use email exchanges.  By managing the parts they disclose, they can make themselves interoperable without being over-exposed.  Individuals and businesses can have a complete picture of their relationships, rights, and obligations.