Stick to the Subject.   civil public discussion of the important public policy issues of the times
About Stick   Knowledge Base 

focused, non-partisan, face-to-face discussion of public policy concerns and ideas toward their solution by Rogue Valley residents

  • What Stick To The Subject Is

  • How It Would Work

  • Why Do This

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

  • Stick is an assembly - not an organization.

  • Mutual understanding among participants is the goal and not the changing of minds. The give and take would be respectful, impersonal, and focused on facts and ideas.

  • 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, discuss, and vote on solutions to public policy issues selected by the Society.

    What are your concerns?
    Society members are surveyed for their public policy concerns. The top ranked concerns become the subjects of discussion.
    What are your ideas?
    Society members submit original ideas on the subjects of discussion to be considered along with standard positions.

    The Process in a Nutshell
    Think about it.
    Society members self-study the selected subjects using the Knowledge Base and their own resources.
    Talk about it.
    Society members attend face-face discussions on the subjects in groups of less than ten people at public locations.
    Vote on it.
    Society members vote on the subjects using anonymous, ranked voting to create a public record.

    American Deliberative Democracy

    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
    Jackson County Government
    Oregon State Government
    U.S. Federal Government

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