Step 6. Thematic Calendar

If it’s not on the  calendar, it will not happen.”

Recurring Thematic Sequence
Presidential Election Cycle
If competence at music or sports requires daily practice, well what about citizenship?

At least 15 to 30 minutes per day --- writing summaries of arguments on both sides of an issue or gathering quantitative or other data to improve a matrix.

Reinforcing biases by reading just your own side’s favorite editorialist doesn’t count.
Organize time thematically by week, day, or month.

Week One:
Foreign policy

Week Two:
Economy – economic
growth and inequality

Week Three:
Health Care and Education

Week Four:
Climate change/identity

Decision Log

Why did I vote the way I voted?

What were the principles, facts, solutions that drove the decision?

Was it the charisma of candidate A or the lack of integrity of B?
Tribal loyalty in the end?

Individual and Collective Decisions Recorded

In the United States, there is a 4 year election cycle – so 48 months between elections.

Say there are 8 issues of compelling importance that you and your fellow seekers are interested in: foreign policy, fiscal and monetary policy, economic inequality, the environment, education, health care, and race and gender discrimination.

Well, if you meet once a month, you should have 6 chances to go through the matrix-construction-exchange cycle on each issue.

If you meet weekly, well 208 weeks, 8 issues, 26 touches on the ball.

A more complex calendar could involve something like a different issue per month, with a different disciplinary approach each week of the month. So if it’s foreign policy month, week one could look at issues from a military perspective, week two  from an ethical perspective, week three from an economic perspective, week four from the perspective of domestic politics.