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The Stick to the Subject Project
  • Stick proposes that local people with various backgrounds and points of view come out to comfortable public locations during this election season for small group discussions and debates on important public policy concerns, and that the results of that discourse be reported out through an online regional knowledge base.

  • This discussion society would meet to debate topics of concern in a reasoned, thorough, impersonal, open minded, and respectful manner - as an exercise in deliberative democracy. The focus would be on mutual understanding among people with different points of view rather than on the changing of each other's minds. All ideas and concerns would be reported out and be eligible for ranked voting by members of the society.