NOTE: This website describes and demonstrates a potential system and is not actually in use. Topsy-turvy changes will occur regularly. Updated 12/14/2020.
Stick to the Subject      constructive civic discourse through deliberative democracy
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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

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
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
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
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?
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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