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Great suggestions by everyone. This idea of online chats with public officials is right in line with our goals. We did this with the most recent local elections and hope to do that again and expand the outreach. Thanks, all.
I’m impress, yet again with you Chris Cobler. A way for people to get more in touch with their representatives is through “video conference deliberative forums“. People could congregate at churches, local schools, or parks; with forum moderators guiding the discussion according to topics and taking suggestions for next week topics. Car pooling and scheduling should be set up among constituents, with the assistance of moderators, dictating the most opportune time to organize the forums.
In addition, Twitter feeds, You Tube, and Blogger could be used for pre and post forum discussions. The primary thing to consider, is that representatives should speak through moderators, to maintain a continued structure of discussion. While he or she may hear what is being said by constituents, because of the nature of open forums moderators are better apt at maintaining control and hasten the discussion to stay within the time frame.
A third party should be used to articulate the over all concerns, focus areas of contention, and record alternative critical thinking approaches developed or suggested during the course of the forum.
To pay for the ongoing meetings each week, selling of advertisement spots, not prejudicial to the discussion should be allowed. Government that allows for free market enterprise and does not add financial cost to public, while actually serving their constituents; what a concept.
Hell, the city should get the Victoria Advocate to moderate, providing all the services, for advertisement rights; if you do consider it I know someone who wouldn’t mind being on the pay roll, lol.
I read all of the comments on this thread and didn't have anything worthy to add until I thought about waht Chris was trying to get across.
Most people,myself included,have no idea who there elected/appointed officials are!!!I don't really know who my:City council representitive isMy county comissionermy school board repetc.Embarrassing isn't it??
Maybe that's the palce to start by giving people a means of finding out just who to talk to.
Good point, PatientEarth. I can remember several posts over the last few years that were clearly written by VISD teachers. In the absence of screen names, I can almost guarantee that those posts would have never occurred. The same probably applies to most city and county employees.
You might find that most officials don't want to be in a venue they don't control. They generally settle into a position after having been lobbied heavily by the superintendent or city manager/mayor and won't budge. My prediction is that they won't welcome your offer to blog here if people are allowed to comment. JMHO