NOTE: This website describes and demonstrates a potential system and is not actually in use. Topsy-turvy changes will occur regularly. Updated 10/21/2020.
Stick to the Subject      constructive civic discourse through deliberative democracy   Details    
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a non-partisan, public, in-person discussion forum wherein the people of the Rogue Valley can enjoin their concerns and ideas on matters of public policy in a systemic, respectful, and focused manner for the common good
Key Program Features:
  • A Discussion Society would form through open enrollment and run a course of twelve weekly debates on matters of public policy. At the end of the debate series, the Society would vote on each topic using ranked voting.

  • All interaction among the Society would be in-person. There would be no chat rooms or discussion forums in the knowledge base, nor links to social media.

Proposed: a Rogue Valley in-person discussion society combined with an online, regional knowledge base   Details
The Discussion Society
the human arts to study, discuss, vote
Stick proposes that local people with various backgrounds and points of view come together in-person as a Discussion Society to discuss important public policy matters in small conversation groups, and that the results of that discourse be reported out through an online knowledge base.
The Discussion Society would debate topics of concern in a reasoned, thorough, impersonal, open minded, and respectful manner - as an exercise in deliberative democracy. The focus would remain on the ideas presented and not personalities.
The conversation events would be social activities and would be held in informal, comfortable settings, such as a cafe, a lunchroom, a community center, or restaurant. Sharing food and drink before and after a session would be encouraged.
Society Dancing with A.I. and Robotics: How will people fare in a post-human social order? The Facts of Life: How should we understand economic and quality of life indicators? Trust, but verify: Can there be gun control without gun laws?
Pick and Choose: Should immigration weigh skills or assets higher than family? Culture Money for nothing: How will people make a living in a jobless future? Cutting out the middleman: Does the Electoral College need reform?
The New Pariahs: Has the DUI stigma unfairly created a shunned group? Copy and paste Grandma: Should technology to transfer human consciousness be allowed? Economy Who Dies? What laws will govern auto-driven vehicles in accidents when making qualitative decisions on human life?
Don't fence me in: What reforms are needed in the federal land management system? : Wildfires and logging: Would increased logging reduce wildfires without causing environmental harm? State
The Knowledge Base
the technical crafts to collect, compile, report   details