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  • Writer's pictureLynda Corrado

Thrive America Plan (TAP)

Thrive America Plan (TAP)

I think many community problems stem from excessive reliance on top-down management. It's in our best interest to look forward and change our governing structure. Shouldn't the people residing in the area determine what is required to enhance their lives? Is it not our right to live without imposition?

This is crucial for any city. At least it should be.

I start from the point that every individual needs shelter. This inspires confidence. Creates a sense of pride in their home when paired with sanitation measures that are both efficient and effective. We foster a thriving society with clean water and nutritious food. Funding and planning should focus here. Safety heavily impacts society's well-being.

One person can solve the problem. A single individual has the power to change the world, step by step. We can find the solution by collaborating in the governance process. The key is in a vibrant neighborhood.

A system has organized communities into clusters and sub-clusters, permitting individuals to articulate their ideas. Residents come together at a Townhall meeting to talk and participate in the decision-making process on significant issues. Then, they select a delegate to serve for eighteen months without successive terms. Leadership in the neighborhood should be a shared responsibility. Our goal isn’t to produce lifelong representatives.

The appointed official presents the top three concerns to the council members of the city. Dictating agendas from ivory towers is unacceptable. Here we have a governing structure that trickles up. What are the consequences if the councilman/woman of that district neglects to cast their vote or express community issues at meetings?? Guess what? The solution is to cast your vote against them.

Community meetings do not permit any officials who are voted into office to speak. Although they can observe from afar, they may not use the town hall as a stage for campaign soundbites.

They represent the people by sitting at a table like everyone else, rotating tables, and voting on the issues. Every voice holds equal weight.

It is that simple. I would form an administrative team to manage and organize the voting records of council members and help each neighborhood organization find support.

Now, let’s talk about the core of this organizational process. People in designated neighborhood unite for the townhall. As registered persons arrive, they will receive color-coded tickets with street numbers on them. Every numbered team discusses with a scribe and facilitator, and then votes on their top priorities. They are sent to a central computer for compression, as many are duplicates. After that, the groups will display several major issues.

This ensures each color coded group has a numbered delegate. The new team will discuss the relevance of the subjects presented, and each color-coded group will submit a list of their top three important matters.

After getting the concerns, the computer technicians edit and compile the new roster. After restating the issues, individuals will vote again for the most important issue. Residents will elect a representative to present the top three issues to the city government.

It’s not possible to address all issues at once. The limit is three items at once. Unrepresented issues go back on the list for the next vote.. The municipal administration will have ample time to grasp and devise laws to uphold the approach of problem-solving.

My approach is founded on ancient Greek democracy and my experience teaching in cooperative collaboration classrooms.

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