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Discussion Society Details
  1. Open enrollment would be held for a one-term course of in-person discussions and debates on mutually agreed upon public policy subjects. This would create the Discussion Society.

  2. Members of the Society would be surveyed for their concerns, which would be collected, compiled, organized, and used to set the weekly discussion topics.

  3. Schedules for the conversation group events would posted.

  4. Society members would attend conversation groups of their choice to discuss the agreed upon subjects.

  5. Society members would vote on each topic using ranked voting.

  6. The results of the voting would be posted.

Stick proposes that local people with various backgrounds and points of view come out to comfortable public locations for a course of small group conversations and debates on important public policy concerns, and that the results of that discourse be reported out through an online regional knowledge base.

This live discussion society would meet to study, discuss, and debate topics of concern in a reasoned, thorough, impersonal, open minded, and respectful manner - as an exercise in deliberative democracy.

Goal 1: To foment and support the in-person discussion of public policy matters by local citizens as a means of promoting mutual understanding and common purpose.
Goal 2: To create an online, regional knowledge base organized by the societal, cultural, economic, and governmental topics to be studied, discussed, and debated by a live discussion society.
Goal 3: To collect, organize, compile, and report the concerns and ideas of the electorate on public policy matters and to juxtapose those results with actual governmental policies and practices as well as the positions of candidates and policy makers.
Goal 4: To increase public confidence and support for academic, governmental, and cultural institutions through a public demonstration of their contributions to the common good.
Concerns and Ideas and Votes
Stick is an idea-centric project that would collect the public policy concerns of the participants; compile and organize them; present them in a discussable format; collect, compile, and organize the ideas returned; and then present those results for ranked voting by the participants.

The project would focus exclusively on public policy matters involving the society, the culture, the economy, and the state, and not extend to non-public policy matters involving the same.
What are the concerns?
The public policy concerns to be studied, discussed, and debated would be chosen 1) because their subject would be topical and regional or 2) because their development would provide a foundation for related topics or 3) because the topic has a potentiallly important future impact.
Topical/Regional Foundational Future Impact
Society Bring out your dead: Would the Rogue Valley be able to deal with a high mortality outbreak of an infectious disease? Trust, but verify: Can there be gun control without gun laws? Dancing with A.I. and Robotics: How will people fare in a post-human social order?
Culture The New Pariahs: Has the DUI stigma unfairly created a shunned group? Pick and Choose: Should immigration weigh skills or assets higher than family? Copy and paste Grandma: Should technology to transfer human consciousness be allowed?
Economy Wildfires and logging: Would increased logging reduce wildfires without causing environmental harm? The Facts of Life: How should we understand economic and quality of life indicators? Money for nothing: How will people make a living in a jobless future?
State Don't fence me in: What reforms are needed in the federal land management system? Cutting out the middleman: Does the Electoral College need reform? Who Dies? What laws will govern auto-driven vehicles in accidents when making qualitative decisions on human life?
What are the ideas?
  • Ideas are suggestions toward partial or entire solutions to the concerns to be studied, discussed, and debated. Once the list of discussion subjects is finalized, efforts turn to obtaining the best ideas toward their resolution.
  • Ideas can come from any source but must be submitted by a program participant or group through one of these venues:
    • Study Groups
      • Subject Knowledge Specialist Teams
      • Academic Teams
      • Government Teams
    • Conversation Groups
    • Individual Participants
  • Ideas do not have to be the original material from the contributer so long as proper permission is granted.
What is voting?
  • All participants are expected to vote on each topic.
  • Voting is anonymous.
  • Stick uses ranked voting.