Welcome to the
AMERICAN TOWN HALL

A social experiment to find out where we Americans agree with each other on hard problems



This is not a place for talking points and partisan fights

It’s a place where Americans across the political spectrum can engage in civil conversations about important policy issues

It works like a cross between an opinion poll and a Facebook™ group — but underneath, it’s got a sophisticated algorithm (by Ethelo Inc.) that cuts through the things that usually divide us to find possibilities we all can live with!

And it costs nothing to join—that’s all taken care of by the not-for-profit Foundation for Inclusion

Every action done in company ought to be with some sign of respect to those that are present.George Washington, The Rules of Civility

How It Works

The first time you select a conversation you want to join, you’ll be taken to a login screen where you can sign up for an Ethelo account using your email address or Facebook username. It’s easy, and we won’t spam you or sell your information.

In every conversation, there is a series of questions that need to be answered. Your job is simply to tell us how you would answer each question. You’ll do that by voting (mandatory) and commenting (optional).

Every question has a number of possible answers underneath it. Your job is to indicate how much you agree with each possible answer, by selecting one of the ovals (from “totally disagree” to “totally agree”). NOTE: Your vote will only be counted after you score all possible answers!

Use the comment section to share your thoughts or respond to others, just like you’d do under a Facebook post or news article. Please be civil to everyone! Any hateful or uncivil comments, and all references to specific politicians or parties, will be removed at the moderator’s sole discretion (but the moderator cannot change your vote).

Think an answer is missing? Offer a new one in the suggestion box at the bottom of each page.

Before your votes can be recorded, we need to know a little bit about you. Don’t worry: your responses remain private. This is just our way of being sure we’re reaching Americans of all types.

Votes are calculated several times a day. Once you’ve completed the full process the first time, you’ll be able to see the “Here’s What We Agree On” page showing the results to date.

After you complete the full process the first time, you’ll be able to return as often as you’d like to see or reply to new comments and check out how the results are changing. And if you read something that makes you change your mind about something, you can actually change your vote any time you want!

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Please contact the Foundation for Inclusion if you are interested in collaborating to develop a conversation about a topic that interests you.

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Foreign Conflicts

How should the United States engage with other countries experiencing a major crisis, such as war or terrorist violence?

Questions

• What do we do right when we intervene in foreign conflicts?
• What do we do poorly?
• What are good reasons to intervene?

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We are looking for partners to collaborate with us on other issues

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Please contact the Foundation for Inclusion if you are interested in collaborating to develop a conversation about a topic that interests you.

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