|a non-partisan, public, in-person discussion network 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 |
| ||Why? |
Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of discussion, dissent, and debate.
- Hubert H. Humphrey
|Proposed: a Rogue Valley in-person discussion society combined with an online, regional knowledge base |
|The Discussion Society |
the human arts to study, discuss, vote
|The Knowledge Base |
the technical crafts to collect, compile, report
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|Proposed: that Rogue Valley residents from all backgrounds and points of view come together in small conversation groups to discuss public policy matters and that the results of that discourse be reported out through an online knowledge base for the benefit of the public and public officials. |
|A new Discussion Society would form through open enrollment every three months and run a course of twelve weekly debates. |
|Society members would attend grassroots conversation groups with from six to twenty people for in-person discussion. 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. |
|The Society would discuss matters in an impersonal, open minded, and respectful manner - as an exercise in deliberative democracy. |
|Members could meet either at planned locations and times or entirely ad hoc. They would be held in informal, comfortable settings, such as a cafe, a lunchroom, a community center, or restaurant. |
|Society ||Economy ||Culture ||State |
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|Example Course of Debates |
|Society ||Dancing with A.I. and Robotics |
How will people fare in a post-human social order?
|Trust, but verify |
Can there be gun control without gun laws?
|Copy and paste Grandma |
Should technology to transfer human consciousness be allowed?
|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?
|The Facts of Life |
How should we understand economic and quality of life indicators?
|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?
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