This post is part of a series.
Module One - Community: an introduction of a web based community of politically active individuals; gamified and geared toward active political engagement and development.
Module Two: this page.
Module Three - Campaigns & Causes: an introduction of planned tools to assist individuals in transitioning for active political engagement, toward seeking public office.
Module Four - Training: an introduction of a web based training platform to educate humans on the various needs of a political campaign, such as fundraising, outreach, canvassing, as well as courses on common policy matters, such as economics, healthcare, philosophy, and so on.
There are tools out there like Change.org, which allow humans to draft a petition, and then collect signatures. If gaining enough, these petitions can sometimes result in comment and action by public officials. There are also lobbyists out there who directly influence legislators, often drafting policy for them to introduce in their respective legislatures. There are even organisations that draft "model" public policy templates and promote them to legislators, who then simply change "City or State Name" to be whichever they represent - a notable example is the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
Module Two is, in a sense, a combination of these. It mimics the procedures of an actual legislative body, such as having committees, caucuses, majority/minority leaders, et cetera, all while producing policy proposals, debating and amending them, and ultimately voting on those proposals. We will send those successful proposals making it out of committees and ultimately passing a floor vote, to relevant Real World legislators, as being well-debated and deliberated ideas - model legislation, if you will - with the votes of affirmation effectively equivalent to signatures on petitions.
How it might work
Members of Module One, having identified their most passionate issues, may choose to join this "senate" of Project X. They may choose to join that of their city/county, their state, the national body, or some combination of these. Regardless, they will join committees based on those issues they identified. Leadership is contained within committees, and user rank determines seniority (qualified users may turn down a leadership assignment) and whichever party affiliation securing a majority (or forms a coalition majority caucus) determines whom shall chair each committee, as well as filling out other leadership roles. Other posts, in addition to a committee chairperson, may include a Majority Leader, a Minority Leader, and various Caucus Chairs. Those in these roles may whip votes supporting or opposing proposals, recruit more to the committee from Module One, and so on. A chairperson may choose to "pigeon hole" a proposal - which refusing to bring it to a vote - but a caucus can overcome such acts. Chairman Meow will then schedule anything passing a committee for a "voting period" open to the entire legislative body.
An Educational tool
All legislative activities will, as with Module One, result in various awards and decorations, all of which appear on the PolitiCard of each user. Throughout the tenure of a user in the virtual legislature, ideally, they will learn a great deal about how to construct successful proposals, or how to administratively work within a parliamentary system, and learn how to define, debate, and defend their ideas and those they agree with. Aside from being engaging, educational, and interesting, this module arms potential future candidates with some exposure to legislating within a body of many, of myriad party affiliations and ideologies.
The BETA pool will be the first users, and will help us in perfecting the algorithms, gamification, design, and environment. We will find ways to ensure non-Americans have a role in this that is useful, while helping to prepare for conversion to their nation. In the BETA phase and the early days of the public rollout, we expect the population to be sparse, especially in less populated regions. Regardless, these are some of the key elements of our plan for Module Two. What are your thoughts of this? Do you have suggestions?
Remember this module is part of a set of four modules. Next up: Module Three - Campaigns & Causes: an introduction of planned tools to assist individuals in transitioning for active political engagement, toward seeking public office.