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Participation Details
The online Knowledge Base is open access to the public: no registration required. Attendance at conversation groups also does not require registraton however only registered participants can record their positions.
Some participants have specific roles, which are described below.
  • Registration would be required for activities where accountability was important, such as recording an opinion on a topic question, participating in study teams or debates, or submitting reviews of materials.

  • Another example would be that a non-member could see the connection between a topic and a political candidate's position on it but wouldn't be able to weigh in on that position's strength through voting on a scale, such as could a member.

  • Members have home pages where they can bookmark topics and materials, vote on topic questions, and submit ideas and concerns.

  • Registration is in person at a discussion event.
Members of the academic community, particularly those in disciplines such as Philosophy or Political Science, would be involved in all phases and aspects of the project, including leadership. In addition to the specific contributions listed below, their participation would ensure the highest standards would be set for all phases of the project, which would be by nature a learning system.

Specifically, academics would:
  • Select the source materials for the discussion topics, including links to websites, documents, databases, and streaming media, as well as guides to offline materials

  • Compile member suggestions for topics and ideas into the least number reduceable of original ideas and package them for discussion and debate

  • Compose questions for discussion topics

  • Develop the standard positions provided for the topic questions. The standard positions are the provided points of view relevant to the question.

  • Create protocols and guidelines for the Conversation Groups and Debates

Topic Knowledge Experts
Local experts on the topics to be studied and discussed would be recruited to:
  • Select the source materials for the topics, including website links, documents, video, databases, and offline materials

  • Collaborate with the academic team on developing the standard positions provided for the Topic Questions. The standard positions are the provided points of view relevant to the question.

  • Evaluate source materials and standard positions proposed by members
Government Employees
  • In the interest of promoting support for public institutions, each topic module has a "government" section that reports connections between that topic and relevant federal, state, county, municipal, and tribal resources. Career government employees would submit the information directly into the system.

    They would also participate as topic knowledge experts and in debates involving government operations. As such, they would have an opportunity to propose experience-based ideas for improvements in service.

  • Political Parties and Candidates
  • Political parties and candidates will be able to connect their positions to topics, including those of the government.