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How it works
 
What is a Topic?
 
Topics are a way to reach the heart of any issue. Why not watch the video to find out more?
 
What is a Topic?
Understanding is a beautiful mystery. It breaks down illusion. It resolves perplexities. It puts an end to the misery of isolation. It is the deepest prayer, the ultimate happiness.

Topics ask the user to resolve a human problem, one that is of vital importance in the life of the individual. Topics work by short sessions that last an hour or two, to be taken online or in small community groups.

Topics is based on the idea that there is always something true about what you oppose, and that it is possible to bring all views together in a respectful, transformative resolution.

To penetrate the mystery we must somehow put an end to the process of self-justification. Any issue can be presented as a Topic, as long as it invites us to engage in this process. A Topic can be thought of as a personal or social problem to be resolved by finding its origin in a worldview that has been misunderstood.

Browse Topics to find an issue that you care about, anything that is of vital importance, that you'd like to understand better and then do something about!

For example, if you are concerned about upcoming elections you might explore a Topic on Democracy. If you've experienced loss you might be interested in a Topic on Suffering. You may want to explore a political issue such as Climate Change or Immigration.


Practical features of Topics
►   Mystery...
►   Any situation or question can be presented as a Topic
Browse Topics or use the search bar to find a Topic that interests you.
►   Topics are composed of Perspectives, Resources, Practice and Actions
Perspectives are opinions about the Topic. Feel free to add a Perspective if yours is not represented.
►   Use Resources to gain a deeper understanding
Resources includes Facts, Videos, Documents, Images and Audio. Feel free to add a Resource to provide additional support for a Perspective.
►   Vote on each Perspective
Decide whether the Perspective addresses the root issue, or is superficial and one-sided.
►   Practice...
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►   Topics culminate in an Action Plan
Actions are direct action you can take to address the root problems at a deep level. Actions include... Support existing Actions, or add your own!

 
Quest Path
Perspectives
Topics is based on what we call Perspectives. Perspectives are opinions or points of view about what is important about the issue. Each perspective has a separate popup page, to enter into and experience it in its entirety. Grasping the value of an perspective is the heart of understanding. It makes little difference which side is right. What matters is how you approach it. If you enter it with good will, with willingness to change, with love for truth, you will succeed. 
Before voting on a Perspective, you must listen carefully and with compassion to those with whom you disagree. What is the story or narrative that the perspective represents? What assumptions does it make? What world does it assume and produce? Opposing points of view are not to be feared. It is always possible to see the truth in another side – taking its flaws into account, of course, but focusing on the good. This is a sea change in dealing with difficult issues. It introduces understanding as an art form. 
You enter a still, silent space. Simply seeing a point of view that is not your own is already most of the way toward understanding.
Vision
After voting on Perspectives we face a challenge. The way things are at present is not exactly what they should be. The disjunction between the existing situation and our vision for the future demands a resolution. It is the challenge of resolving the problem before it is formed. It is the challenge to integrate inner and outer, self and society.
 
Want to create a Topic?
►   Anyone can create a Topic
On the Topic home page, select the Create New Topic button. Fill out the simple form to get started.
►   The topic must be framed as a social or personal problem
For instance, not 'How much poverty is there in the U.S.?', but 'Poverty in the U.S.' or 'What should be done about poverty in the U.S.'?
►   After the Topic is created content must be added before it is Active
A Progress box will appear, showing how far along you are in adding the required and optional fields. When you are ready, click Activate this Topic!
 
 
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