The indviduals behind the Friendly Discussion Forum seek to understand how best to approach the problem of political discussion. The FDF is a medium to discover answers to questions such as:
– Can we find a way to make this more like “normal work”, where you go in, work at it, and come out with some accomplished objective? How can we keep discussions from hitting dead ends and not being able to reach a mutually understood resolution?
– Is there a framework we can use to ensure that everyone is fully heard, and that we have communicated everything?
– Can we find a way to communicate the sensitivity analysis and key factors surrounding complex issues so people who don’t spend 20+ hours a week in politics can make sense of things and therefore execute their civic duties?
The FDF is a non-profit organization, but not a registered corporation, as it does not receive outside funding. Its initial scope is to set up and run forums in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States (Virginia, Maryland, DC). These forums will be posted not only on this website, but in general bulletins. The forums may address single topics, but the FDF holds no particular political orientation or agenda beyond the general concepts of free speech.