Balanced governance is a focal point of IDEANā€˜s policies. Political consensus is difficult to achieve and often short lived. It needs to be actively promoted and sustained. For this reason Ideal Sectors are grounded on democratic principles and decentralised, bottom-up control. This is also regarded as the most resource friendly approach. Co-creation, open access, and participation are the benchmarks. Despite this, the limitations have to be cautiously negotiated and explored. Governance needs a consciously designed form. Individual freedom and autonomy need a balance with authority. The latter must be representative. Moreover, power and civic control exist at various scales in a system of nested hierarchies. Authority protects common values and shared resources (from democratic principles and procedures, to access to services, to clean air and fresh water). Important places for the development and implementation of balanced governance are public institutions such as schools and community centres (and also virtual public domains).