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December 07, 2003


Ross Mayfield

Its a great idea.

So long as we retain the personal choice to determine if the executive invoked duty would be in society's interest and vote with resignation as necessary. That's the idea of the second step, but the first step doesn't form an organization or network. Its a profile database that at the least allows resources to self-signal. Along the gradient of volunteer programs, one could tap into existing networks for similar events. The good thing is events are fundable.


Fantastic idea.

I'm sure many of us (myself included) belong to a growing group of patriotic citizens who wish to help their country without the commitment of joining the military. Others may wish to help without needing to bear arms or participate in combat (and bless those who perform this difficult task for us - i'm not complaining).

Signing up for a service that I can give 110% of my time to in my own unique way with a guarantee that it will not affect my career path is perfect. Pop my name on the list.


Michael Weiksner

I applaud the idea of starting with the low-hanging fruit: the folks that are actively seeking to contribute.

In some sense, www.volunteermatch.org is already experimenting with a version of this idea, though it lacks the official blessing and direction that Clark's plan would have.

Eventually, though, we'll want to figure out how to get the broadest possible range of civic participation. A civic draft, perhaps?

Pierre Omidyar

Ross, your comment about the registry not being a network is right on. The benefit I talked about is at the individual level, and each person can carry that benefit into their community.

But why not expand the idea to include connecting *within* the registry, and really turn it into a network? That would be interesting.

I like VolunteerMatch, but it's a much higher commitment level than this civil registry.

Personally, I also like the idea of exploring mandatory service, whether military or in the civil sector. It's a difficult issue, though, because service is so much more meaningful when it's volunteer. In fact, the phrase "mandatory service" may in fact be an oxymoron. That's never a good sign.

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