New Strategies and Techniques

(@dudemanfellabra)

New Strategies and Techniques

Open Up Presidential Debates to Third Parties

For far too long in this country, politics (and debates in general) has been run by the two major parties – Democrats and Republicans. While both of these parties are close to the center of the political spectrum and represent a lot of people, there are others out there with other ideas. Yes, we have third parties, but they haven't won an election (or even been competitive) in decades. Part of the reason they aren't more... more »

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(@sandy0)

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Ask Federal Agencies to Adopt the Core Principles for Public Engagement

Over the past several months, experts in public dialogue, facilitation and collaborative decision-making worked together to develop 7 "Core Principles for Public Engagement." The authors and editors of these principles have spent years creating and honing innovative techniques that help people talk constructively about difficult issues that effect their lives--issues like health care, crime, and conflict between ethnic... more »

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(@cii000)

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Use Randomly Selected Citizen Deliberative Councils to tap the collective wisdom of We the People

Ad hoc, randomly selected, well-informed citizen deliberative councils like Citizens Juries, Citizen Assemblies, and Consensus Conferences have been used hundreds of times around the world to provide policy guidance to public officials and the citizenry. The U.S. lags far behind in their use. These similar approaches all enable a microcosm of a country or community to generate informed public judgment about specific... more »

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4. Convene the American Public in National Discussions of One Million People or More on the Issues of Highest Public Concern

A healthy democracy needs the capacity to involve its citizens in key decisions. Government cannot be left to leaders, experts, and pundits with the public only weighing in on election day. People from all walks of life should be encouraged to wrestle with tough questions, seek common ground, and develop and articulate their views. President Obama should call for regular national discussions of one million Americans... more »

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(@christinewhitneysanchez)

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Promise USA - National Network of Citizen Conversation

What if Americans of all ages, races, backgrounds and beliefs could come together in a series of national conversations on topics of significant importance to the nation? What if we could create a listening and learning environment through structured conversations to lead us to better understand one another, establish common ground and transform ideas into action? What if all of us had a role in making this a reality?... more »

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(@davidwseattle)

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Public Financing for All Federal Offices, Ban All Corporate Lobbying

Most financing for federal political campaigns comes from the top 2% of individuals and corporations and elected officials nearly always reflect those who have given them big money. Public financing would take that element out of the public process and make officials more accountable to the public at large. Maine and Arizona already have public financing and it has worked very well. All corporate lobbying should be... more »

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(@robwheeler)

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Develop and Implement a National Strategy for Sustainability

I would suggest that the best way to strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness, while making government more transparent, participatory, and collaborative, would be for the Obama Administration to lead the American People in Developing and Implementing a National Strategy for Sustainability. It is commonly recognized that those of us in the United States are not living sustainably today. With... more »

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(@lindahuhnphoto)

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Enforce and respect our laws: Legal immigration only

If we are to preserve our environment we have to take note of the size of the growing human footprint on Earth and especially in our country. We need a national population policy. Bringing more consumers to our country hurts our environment. Allowing more and more unauthorized persons inside our borders threatens the integrity of all our laws, our sovereignty as a nation and our personal safety.

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(@jeff002)

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Constitution

Hey I have a novel idea why doesn't the Fed get back to doing what is enumerated in the Constitution and stay out of the states sovereignty. In addition quit trying to be a dictatorship.

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(@timbonnemann)

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Create an Open Government project directory and knowledge base

The basic idea is to make sure that any important information about past, current or upcoming government projects or programs in the areas of transparency, participation and collaboration is captured and shared in a timely manner and easily accessible to anyone interested in or affected by these projects/programs. The project directory would contain project briefs, contact information, key performance indicators, lessons... more »

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(@info00)

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We the people demand single payer universal health care S 703 get enacted into law.

PLEASE, IF YOU VOTE THIS STRATEGY UP THEN PLEASE SIGN THESE PETITIONS LISTED ON THIS PAGE. IF YOU DON'T SIGN THE PETITIONS THEN YOU DEFEAT THE PURPOSE OF THIS STRATEGY. TELL OTHERS TO SIGN THE PETITION. EACH SIGNATURE APPEARS A VOTE FOR SINGLE PAYER HEALTH CARE, RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE, EMPLOYEE FREE CHOICE ACT, AND THE WOMEN'S FREEDOM OF CHOICE ACT. Congress and the President must enact S 703 single payer universal... more »

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(@lisaheft)

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Teaching citizens how to facilitate and experience true dialogue

Engage facilitators to teach neighborhood and organizational representatives how to facilitate short-form dialogue processes / methods. There is an existing network of Obama neighborhood organizers - add in other representatives from local nonprofits, businesses, local government, faith communities and other organizations. To this group, teach proven dialogue methods for engaging conversation and discussion - forms... more »

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(@kmcfarland)

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Grassroots Leadership on Civic Participation

While the three components of the Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government are intertwined, it seems that there are specific constituencies that are better suited to take the lead in helping to implement positive change in each of these areas. The federal government can model the transparency and collaboration principles by testing and implementing new technologies, sharing best practices, and setting higher standards... more »

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