Stick to the Subject:   civil public discussion of the important public policy issues of the times

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, 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 works
The Discussion Society Conversation Sit-downs/After Parties Discussion Topics
The Knowledge Base Knowledge Partners How to Participate
Stick to the Subject is a network of Conversation Sit-downs/After Parties held at public locations throughout the valley connected and supported by the Knowledge Base.
The Knowledge Base is a browsable and searchable online relational database that stores information on topics related to the Society, Economy, Culture, and State of the Rogue Valley.
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
Electoral College
Jackson County Government
Oregon State Government
Political Parties
Tribal Governments in the U.S.
U.S. Federal Government