Stick to the Subject:   civil public discussion of the important public policy issues of the times
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Proposed: a Rogue Valley in-person discussion society combined with an online, regional knowledge base

The Rogue Valley Discussion Society
the human arts to study, discuss, vote
The Knowledge Base
the technical crafts to collect, store, report
The Stick to the Subject project invites Rogue Valley residents from all backgrounds and points of view to create the Discussion Society: a network of small conversation groups that would meet in public locations to study and debate important public policy issues.
When small groups of people gather face-to-face in comfortable settings, they are more at ease and more likely to speak their minds and to listen carefully and respectfully to others. The setting calls into play the human social arts, and mutual understanding among people who disagree on things - sometimes strongly - is possible.
All interaction among the Society would be in-person. Stick to the Subject takes the position that essential bonds within our society have become strained by the use of technology-based communications. Therefore, there would be no chat rooms or discussion forums in the Knowledge Base, nor links to social media.
Why Mission/Goals How It Would Work
The Rogue Valley Discussion Society
Stick to the Subject is a network of Conversation Sit-downs/After Parties held at public locations throughout the Rogue Valley connected and supported by the Knowledge Base.
The Knowledge Base is a browsable and searchable online relational database that stores information on subjects related to the Society, Economy, Culture, and State of the Rogue Valley.
Society Economy Culture State
Social Problems
Economic Indicators
Economic Systems
Land and Natural Resources
Public Finance & Taxation
Religion and Beliefs
Theatre and Art
Electoral College
Jackson County Government
Oregon State Government
Political Parties
Tribal Governments in the U.S.
U.S. Federal Government

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