The National Town Square is coming!
A new, citizen-led, public institution is coming: the online National Town Square. The Square will provide a continuous channel for the ongoing expression of collective citizen sentiment, on the issues that affect us all. Citizens will open a secure voting account and then be able to learn about and cast advisory votes, on issues chosen by citizens themselves.
Not just another app, the Square will be a brand new, official gathering place and venue for collective citizen input to our elected representatives. It will be operated by a non-governmental, non-profit, non-partisan mechanism, under the transparent stewardship of citizens from all walks of life, mutually pledged to the integrity of this new national institution for civic engagement.
The Square will operate 24 hours a day, every day of the year, and will offer extended voting windows, within which citizens can learn about issues, participate in moderated discussions, and cast their advisory votes on the issues that affect us all. This continually updated mirror of citizen sentiment will provide an unequaled reference point for public discussion and media attention, and will become an effective counter-balance to the corrupting influence of big money in politics.
The Power of Participation
For the first time in recorded human history, there is no limit to how many of us can gather at one location, online. Your secure voting booth will be as close as the mobile device in your pocket or purse. And what will matter even more than how people vote, will be how many citizens weigh-in, on any given issue. With virtually no practical barrier to participation, the opportunity for huge numbers of us to gather in on place, at one time, to be counted on the issues that affect us all, will be unprecedented. As participation continues to increase, this new voice of We the People will become impossible for our elected representatives to ignore.
The National Town Square will provide an individual vote and a collective voice, for all citizens, and will usher in a new era of citizen empowerment at the start of the 21st century.