I envision a system where the application process is quick and simple, and inclusive.
You sound like a very reasonable individual, but the minute there is an "application process" to make your own fun on your own time, you will eventually lose that fun down the road. It doesn't matter if there's a very thoughtful process, or responsible managers on watch. Eventually the "application process" will be the most important thing. Then the thoughtful process and responsible managers will leave for better-paying jobs, leaving behind a mere regulation to be followed by mean-spirited idiots.