Goals of the New Paradigm
Last edited by Wayne on 08 October, 2010 at 19:46
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This is version 1.0 of defining the goals of a new paradigm of communication between citizens and elected officials. Have a look at it and let us know what you think. As we make modifications to it, we’ll come back to you for feedback.
- Cultivate and facilitate informed decision-making.
- Continuously educate citizens, officeholders, and advocacy groups.
- Empower peer education.
Connections and feedback
- Connect an increasingly engaged citizenry with elected officials skilled at problem solving.
- Ensure that representatives can engage with citizens at will.
- To help make meaningful participation sustainable, we need more feedback loops to keep the citizen engaged.
- Connect citizen input to feedback from elected officials.
- Track legislative action and connect it to citizen input.
- “Us vs. the Issue” rather than an “Us vs. Them” framework.
- Hold politicians accountable.
- Long-term awareness of issues and results.
- Resilient and active communities of participation that persist over time, multiple elections, and multiple issues can accomplish this, and also:
- Educate new community members about issues and the skills of deliberation.
- Build relationships with candidates.
- Provide a low barrier to entry for participation (insight, decision, action).
- Provide forums wherein all stakeholders may engage in ongoing discussions around every issue.
- Enable communication across multiple platforms including blogs and social networks such as twitter, Facebook, and others.
- Bridge the gap between online and in-person participation.
- Integrate both synchronous and asynchronous models of participation.
- When the vote happens, the conversation does not end; that’s only the beginning. High voter turnout is not an end in itself; it is a gateway to more meaningful participation.
- We must balance the citizen’s need to be involved in government with the need for citizens to do other things such as focus on life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
- Citizens must be aware of the political process and have access to adequate tools.
- Informed decision making, including broadly representative stakeholders, experts, and informed citizens in policy deliberation.
- Promote processes which enfranchise participants, and engender feelings of ownership around decisions.
- Make data a standard, portable, reliable commodity accessible at all endpoints of any system in a standard form and format for analysis and integration by external systems.
- Change the currency of politics to engagement with citizens.
- Mitigate the influence of money on the political process.
What did we miss?
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