August 12 Group
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The Civic Caucus interview group today looked
ahead to ideas that might be included in a report on generating
innovative public policy proposals. Among suggestions: Keep in mind that
much of Minnesota's quality of life has been maintained as a result of
creative public policy decisions. Maintain a list of major unresolved
public policy issues. Make study groups more representative of the
population. Make the assignment, or the charge, as precise as possible.
Don't assume everyone already knows what the problem is; learn first.
Resist the temptation to seek quick answers. If it's a state-local
issue, keep the proposals at the state-local level; resist the
temptation to turn to the federal government for answers.
For the complete interview summary see:link to interview
1. Where are these interviews held?
2. Is the public invited to attend these interviews?
3. Have you ever thought of webcasting these interviews and allowing interested individuals to login and view them as they are happening?
As an elected official (Hopkins School Board) and a participant in many local and state election campaigns, I would appreciate having the opportunity to participate, even as a passive viewer.
Staying focused on the search to clearly define and identify potential solutions to issues is essential. Working at the level closest to the areas of concern is challenging, but it allows participation by a more diverse group as long as they are identified, invited, welcomed and their voices are heard and acknowledged.
I look forward to hearing more.
It would seem useful to first better understand how various segments of our Minnesota society (by age, race, economic status, location, etc.) get most of their information. Then a better understanding of how people determine what issues are important to them and how they are motivated to participate in addressing those issues could be achieved. I suspect that the results of such a study would be very revealing. My guess is that I would be surprised at the number, variety and types of issues that are considered high priority by various segments of our Minnesota society.
When people would wait to read the local newspaper or watch the local TV news, these traditional media could focus people’s attention on the issues that the media decided were important enough to cover. Now, the communication channels by which people get information are much, much greater. Not just newspapers and local TV anymore but nationwide email networks, Internet websites and searches, Twitter, Facebook, cable news networks, blogs, Snapchat and much, much more. A wide variety of interest groups can now identify (or create) a plethora of specific issues and then promote (or, alternatively, discourage and marginalize) these issues to specific segments of society in today’s communications world – and they can do this very efficiently – instantly and at low cost.
This proliferation of information sources can drive what people of unique, targeted segments perceive as important issues totally independent of what many or most other people are considering to be important issues based on the unique communication channels that they receive their information from. Perhaps this is one reason why it is so much more difficult to obtain consensus on what is an issue worth pursuing and then develop an action proposal that garners public support sufficient to move towards implementation.
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The Civic Caucus is a non-partisan,
tax-exempt educational organization. The Interview Group
includes persons of varying political persuasions,
S. Adams, David Broden, Audrey Clay, Janis Clay, Pat Davies, Bill
Frenzel, Paul Gilje (Executive Director), Randy Johnson, Sallie Kemper, Ted
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