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    (My diary) don't know how to link but I'm trying

    Is this sort of what you are talking about?  If yes, please review the rules part.  

    Any facilitators out there?  I facilitated meetings at my job prior to retirement, but I'm way too rusty.  A good facilitator, who does not have an agenda or who if she/he does, has the ability to set the personal agenda aside, can really pull things together and it can be fun.  Divisiveness, which is going to happen, is accepted as a natural byproduct, but is held to a bare minimum.  

    •  interesting ideas... (none)

      I'll read that diary shortly; seems it didn't get a lot of comments but that's an endemic problem when 50,000 people are using a system with limited time-bandwidth for diaries.

      I know well about facilitation; having studied & practiced it since college (>20 years ago).  

      Teleconfs would need facilitators, yes; and discussions should be focused, yes.  

      All of this could be handled on a local level, or via a two-layer hierarchy:  local voters on local teleconf with local facilitator; and then, local facilitators report back to the national level.  

      Or better yet (though this would take a more complex phone system, I know how to do that), set things up so you get people from different regions talking to each other.  Same general pattern; a facilitator who reports back to the national level.

      Re. blogs: one way to cut through the noise would be via ruthless moderation, i.e. ask a specific question, take only posts that offer an answer to that question, and edit out anything that's offtopic, snarky, or uses nastywords.  Simple polls don't cut it since nuance is left out.  For example:  Issue Q, proposal R, yes or no?, does not leave open the possibility for proposal S or T.  

      Anyway, whatever else happens, someone ought to be working to organize this midterm convention.  It's a brilliant idea, it will generate enormous energy and bring out voters in November 06.  

      And November 06 is the next-to-last chance to save the Republic.  

      •  Comparing this to the "old conventions" (none)
        For all us baby boomers - I was born 1947 - the old conventions offered real excitement.  It was reality TV of the time.  You really didn't know ahead of time.  There was a lot of hustling on the floor, late nights, etc.  Those days are gone!

        But what is being discussed here brings in that tone of excitement of those days.

        I'm thinking there are people who need other people around them to get going and come up with ideas.  Then there are those who prefer to blog and email, etc.  Then there's the teleconference you spoke of and they can be exciting. (I was in one with Al Gore briefly in my previous job - what a nice guy!).  Why not use all kinds?  whatever it takes to get the needed input ... and excitement.  

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