Last edited by Wayne on 08 October, 2010 at 19:45
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This is version 1.0 of defining the guiding principles for implementing 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.
Representatives should engage in conversations
- Representatives are encouraged to participate in political conversations that are already occurring
- Representatives may act as conveners of dialogues around important issues
- These conversations may accomplish the following:
- Idea generation
- Understanding of constituent perspectives
- Explanation of Representative perspectives
- Peer-to-peer education
Authority based on credibility
- Minimize the role of money by giving ideas a bandstand
- Build recognition for and find ways to endorse groups and individuals with experience
- Mechanisms for establishing authority should be transparent and democratic (small d)
- Finding agreement in the face of problems (seek common ground)
- Breadth and Depth
- many levels of group discussion, vertical and community discussion
- sophistication of the discussion – not just yes or no
- full representation of the community
- provide a more meaningful relationship between citizens and officials
- Focus on policy not politics, eg the creation of viable solutions not who wins
- Both online and in-person discussions are important
- in-person is great for reconciling differences
Universal access to the process
- free and standards-based
- low barrier to entry
Transparency of data and communications
- where there is no security or privacy concern
Reflect current realities of communication and media.
- Be flexible enough to track changes in communications going forward.
Technology and Vendor agnostic
- For cross-communication and access to information.
- Vendors should compete on user interface, data analysis, and feature set – not on data aggregation.
What did we miss?
Let us know below so can modify this and improve it.