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Organizing the people into a knowledge sharing community that can exert a non-partisan influence on the government and state.

Not a democracy but a federal republic, the United States of America nevertheless uses the democratic process to elect citizen-representatives and officials to public office, where they become free agents. After voting, the citizen has no control over the elected official and no influence other than protest or persuasion.

Proposed is a regional knowledge sharing program wherein people can enjoin their concerns and ideas on matters of common interest in an open-minded, measured, respectful, and focused manner. Why?

It would use live discussion events, both ad hoc and planned, combined with an online knowledge base to collect and organize information and points of view on regionally important topics.

Key Program Features:
  • The program would report concerns and harvest ideas toward solutions through civic discourse. Doing so mostly through live discussion would be its primary mission.
  • There would be no online interaction among program participants. There would be no chat rooms or discussion forums nor links to social media.
  • All ideas would be heard, and all ideas would be challenged.
  • The program would use ranked voting from registered members to assess submissions.
  • The program would work in both the non-political and political realms, seeking minimum overlap. The political aspects of a topic would be involved only at the end and would be restricted to reporting candidate and party positions on that topic.
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proposed: an online, regional knowledge base combined with a live discussion society for constructive civic discourse   Details
What are the concerns?
Regional Knowledge Base   Details
Society Economy Culture State
Health
Housing
Population
Security
Social Problems
Transportation
Commerce
Economic Indicators
Economic Systems
Finance
Land and Natural Resources
Public Finance & Taxation
Education
Recreation
Religion and Beliefs
Theatre and Art
Jackson County Government
Oregon State Government
Tribal Governments in the U.S.
U.S. Federal Government
Topics are organized into subtopic trees.
Health
Diseases 
 - Diabetes 
     - Treatment 
          - Drugs 
               - Insulin 
Costs and Financing 
 - Insurance 


Subtopic Modules contain these features.
Source Materials documents, databases, wesite links, and audio/video
The Problem Of
  • a subject of study, discussion, debate, and voting.
  • Questions posed here are formally debated by study teams whose arguments are voted on by the membership using ranked voting. All arguments are reported out in the same way the Supreme Court issues majority and minority opinions.
  • The questions should be specific to a particular concern, such as "The High Cost of Insulin", but involve a complex analysis. The more background information the responses require, the better enriched is the knowledge base.
  • The questions should be live discussion friendly. There should be nuance enough for spin off conversations. They should be capable of being discussed without great technical detail.
Government Connections identification of the federal, tribal, state, county, and municipal connections to a topic
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What are the ideas?
Live Discussion Society