Stick to the Subject      constructive civic discourse through deliberative democracy   Details    /td>
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Stick to the Subject 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.
Proposed: A Rogue Valley live discussion society combined with an online, regional knowledge base   Details