Initiatives v Oligarchy

Our Founders' Warning: “Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.” (Thomas Jefferson)

Orientation and Training of New Members

  1. When the IQA first convenes, it shall arrange an extensive training program for itself over several months to establish its knowledge base and develop the new-member orientation and training program. This process shall be refreshed and enhanced to evolve as the IQA matures.
  2. New Members shall receive an orientation course. This shall be followed later by an training course when Members have become familiar with the IQA. The courses shall be given by longer-serving Members based on class notes and information that has been recorded on the IQA LAN and progressively improved. Similarly, classes and notes shall be arranged so that new task forces and elected positions can benefit from the experiences of previous sessions of the IQA. Outside lecturers shall be used to provide training on special issues such as:
    1. Responsibilities of the IQA.
    2. Responsibilities of Members.
    3. Direct democracy.
    4. Initiative process.
    5. Latest and best approaches to deliberative assemblies.
    6. Techniques for Members to function as Moderators of Deliberative Task Forces.
    7. Sources of information available to members.

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