Do you know about the citizen wisdom movement? It's been used in places like Canada and Australia more than here. It's smart. There are different ways to adapt it to have impact, and to refresh some fact-based idealism that public policy can have visible connection to what the public thinks.
This coming year, thanks to HB 2895 from the last session, we're going to try out a version of citizen wisdom called Citizen Initiative Review on three as-yet unnamed ballot measure. Here's why I think it matters.
After the column ran Elliot Shuford of Healthy Democracy Oregon pointed out an error: "The CIR was not funded by the legislature- we're on the hook to the do the fundraising for the 2010 Reviews."
Which probably means that If you like what you see here, Healthy Democracy Oregon would like to hear from you. One more source: over many years, Tom Atlee of Eugene has laid out a broad context for what he calls co-intelligence. He'll take you deep.