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What are the concerns?
Concerns are organized into three classes: 1) topical and transcendent regional concerns, such as "public land management", 2) general concerns, such as "the high cost of insulin", and 3) concerns related to critical trends, such as "the future of work".
The concerns are expressed as questions and attached to Knowledge Base topics, which support their study, discussion, and debate by the Discussion Society.
The Knowledge Base is a relational database and website containing topic-related source materials and support for its interaction with the live discussion groups. The structure uses a hierarchal tree menu ranked in specificity by category - topic - subtopic.

Society The state or condition of living in company with other people; the system of customs and organization adopted by a group of people for harmonious coexistence or mutual benefit. "society, n." OED Online. Oxford University Press, January 2018. Web. 12 March 2018.
Economy An economy is the large set of inter-related production and consumption activities that aid in determining how scarce resources are allocated. The production and consumption of goods and services are used to fulfill the needs of those living and operating within the economy, which is also referred to as an economic system. Kenton, Will. "Exploring How an Economy Works and the Various Types of Economies." Investopedia, Investopedia, 8 July 2019,
Culture The distinctive ideas, customs, social behaviour, products, or way of life of a particular nation, society, people, or period. "culture, n." OED Online. Oxford University Press, January 2018. Web. 12 March 2018
State political organization of society, or the body politic, or, more narrowly, the institutions of government. The state is a form of human association distinguished from other social groups by its purpose, the establishment of order and security; its methods, the laws and their enforcement; its territory, the area of jurisdiction or geographic boundaries; and finally by its sovereignty. "State." Edited by The Editors of Encycloaedia Britannica, Encycloaedia Britannica, 21 Aug 2009,
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
Topic Menus
 - Diabetes 
     - Treatment 
          - Drugs 
               - Insulin 
Costs and Financing 
 - Insurance 

Topic Modules
Source Materials documents, databases, website links, and audio/video
Topic Questions
  • 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