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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, in-person discussion events, both ad hoc and planned, combined with an online knowledge base to collect, compile, organize, and report information and points of view on regionally important topics.

Key Program Features:
  • All interaction among participants would be in-person. There would be no chat rooms or discussion forums in the knowledge base, nor links to social media. With the exception of the formal debates, discussions would be held in small groups in informal, comfortable settings.

  • A goal of the discussions would be coming to mutual understanding among people who disagree on important matters, sometimes strongly, and not necessarily on the changing of minds. Civility is maintained by focusing attention on the ideas rather than personalities.

  • Discussions would be civic by nature rather than political. That is, the focus would be on a rational, reasonable, and thorough public discussion of a topic of common concern and its related ideas without considerations of political solutions.

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
hi Commerce
hi Economic Indicators
hi Economic Systems
hi Finance
hi Land and Natural Resources
hi 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
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What are the ideas?
Live Discussion Society   Details