TALK TOGETHER
Contribute your ideas. Vote for the best ideas. Change the agenda.
Combining all the best ideas and clear information, to set the political agenda for the future ...

How

The first stage is sharing ideas, and having clear information.

Ideas are shared on the website (and in due course through our App, too, which will make it even easier for you to participate), with relevant background information.
Information has to be robust, transparent, independent and impartial.
And it is also crucial that this information is communicated really succinctly and clearly.
 

 

The second stage is agreeing on the best ideas.

Agreeing on the ideas which really represent what we want to happen.
Everyone in the country will be able to vote on every issue.

When you vote on an issue, you will have the opportunity to read the essential background about it, to help you understand the implications of supporting something.
For example:

  • What are the real costs?
  • How effective is this likely to be?
  • What are the alternatives?

Ideas and background information will be explained really clearly, to make sure that no one is excluded.

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More information on how

The first stage is the sharing of the ideas and the information.
All the ideas are pooled on the website (eventually, we will have funding for an App, too, which will make it even easier for you to participate), with relevant background information.
It is key that this information is robust, transparent, independent and impartial.
And it is also crucial that this information is communicated really succinctly and clearly.
There will be links back to the research, to the academic papers which underpin the headline details, so that you can check for yourself. Nothing is hidden. But the essential details will be clear, easy to understand, and won't take long to digest.

The ideas can come from anyone. From political parties, or from well organised interest groups. From individual politicians or working people. From families, people working in the media, artists, surfers, cleaners. From poor people or from rich people. There is no monopoly on having a good idea.

The information can come from anyone, too, but will be checked and verified. We don't want what More or Less (BBC Radio 4) call "Politician's Maths"! We need to be able to trust what is on the Talk Together website. Impartial, objective, expert. There are some great fact checking organisations these days, and we will share the best of their work.

The second stage is agreeing on the best ideas.
Agreeing on the ones which really represent what we want to happen.
Using technology similar to that used by Pitch to Rich, and the facial recognition sofware now common on many smartphones, tablets and computers, we will enable everyone in the country to vote on every issue.

There will be deadlines, but there will also be rolling issues, as more and more information is uploaded, and as more and more ideas are shared.

When you vote on an issue, you will have the opportunity to read the essential background about it, to help you understand the implications of supporting something.

  • What are the real costs, for example?
  • How effective is this likely to be?
  • What are the alternatives?

Things will be explained really clearly, to make sure that no one is excluded.
The ideas may be important, but the words used to explain them can be easy to understand.

Trustworthy

It will be very important that the system for managing voting is transparent, robust, independent and trustworthy. Regular statistics will be available, such as for page views, voting numbers, etc.
As participation increases, it may be useful for social science researchers to be able to identify (anonymously) where voters are living, etc, to inform the way in which the information is processed.

If you would like to learn more, to ask a question, to make a suggestion, or to contact us for any other reason, please email us.
2017 Talk Together