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How it works
Some of the material on this page is based on previous versions of Visionary Society. We are updating it as we go along. In the meantime you should be able to use the help on active pages for whatever you need.

What is a Topic?
Topics are a way to reach the heart of any issue. Why not watch the video to find out more?
How can you use Topics?
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!

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.

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.

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.

Practical features of Topics
►   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, 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.
►   Topics culminate in an Action Plan
Actions are direct action you can take to address the root problems at a deep level. Actions include Requests, Challenges and Projects. Support existing Actions, or add your own!

How to create Topics
►   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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