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Scott Nesler

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Let's build a better media to facilitate democratic debate!

Audio version of the idea:

Michael Sandel started an idea requiring support. He said, "One thing the world needs, one thing this country desperately needs is a better way of conducting our political debates. We need to rediscover the lost art of democratic argument.". Professor Sandel is doing his part, but more needs to be done to provide a media to facilitate public participation in a civil debate. Tools are required to motivate more to develop better arguments.

The Do Good Gauge is a research proposal seeking others interested in developing a solution to the problem Professor Sandel describes. Applause is not required. Needed are a group of individuals willing to set aside their ego, to set aside a desire for financial gain and focus on a new media to motivate participation and give higher demographic viewership to the best arguments regardless of fame or status.

Here are a few essays to continue Professor Sandel's thought:

What is the Do Good Gauge?

I Had the Dream

A Better Way for Political Discourse

Please, let's give a try. The first step is to continue the discussion.


Closing Statement from Scott Nesler

I approached this idea as if there were two sides in developing a democratic media, the media and the public. What was learned is appreciated but a typical path in the attempt to sustain dialogue in the conversation. Going into to this TED idea I was more critical of the existing media and its inability to provide a wider representation of citizens thoughts. Upon the expiration of the TED clock it was realized how difficult it is to develop a thought understood and respected by the reader. How difficult it is to acquire feedback and sustain attention in a dialogue.

There were a few successes. Edward Long's streak of questions started with scepticism and ended in a hope for the idea. Though his questions did not traverse the entirety of the idea they did give opportunity for better clarification.

Wayne Tod started a dialogue which extended to private email. What Wayne Tod brought to the conversation was the importance of self reflection in developing a thought.

Feyisayo Anjorin comment motivated what is probably the best summary of this idea. The fourth post down, written on June 2nd, should be read as an extension of this closing statement.

External to this idea TED exposed the difficulty and the lack of good tools to facilitate an individual to advance an idea. Don Wesley's TED idea illustrates a man wrongly pushed to homelessness wishing to respectfully illustrate his case. Existing technology does not provide the public an efficient and respectful means to guide him through the many iterations required build a case worthy of broader appeal.


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  • May 4 2012: Sorry I can't get my point across on my mobile. My concers are for all that they don't fall into the same system as the status qua that its easily manipulated to benefit monopolymen Money will be the factor for it cost to set good intentions up also never forgetting what good ideas and people are worth to them its like scouting for a footballer whomever pays the most I will do your bidding. That's the realm of our reality Charity not excluded
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      May 4 2012: Post's Audio Version:

      Wayne, please continue your thought. I see a potential. I don't mean to make war with the news media, but sometimes change is better. The newspaper industry has yet to recover from what Craig's List has taken away. The Encyclopaedia Britannia is a media in it's own right. I'm not for sure if they will exist without radical change in their economic model.

      What is being proposed is bigger than a revenue stream. It's the civility we hoped for as a country. First it was the classified ads, then factual articles gathered in encyclopedia form, and the next step is to give the Op/Ed page to the people. It can be done. Civility can be granted beyond financial gain.

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