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The Advisory Board

“Where no wise direction is, a people falleth; but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.”

Book of Proverbs

In Chapter 3, I proposed the TDG system, where representatives are elected by a series of tiered elections. In Chapter 4, I proposed an important check-and-balance, a systematic process to make decisions by the process of consultation. In this chapter, I will discuss another check-and-balance: the advisory board to the TDG.

Advisory board members are appointed for a specific term of several years, not elected for a one-year term. They have three main functions.

The first function is to offer advice to the elected bodies. However the elected bodies are not obligated to take the advice. And the advisory board members have no vote or veto in any elected body's decision.

The second function of an advisory board member is to monitor the process of governance. They will supervise elections and recommend changes to the electoral process. They will bring elected tiers together on common issues. They will educate citizens on how to deal with government and elected representatives on how to make consultative decisions.

The third function is to be another link citizens can use to contact their government. The advisory board member can investigate the citizen's concern to see if it was handled properly or offer the elected body another perspective on the situation.

Advisory board members should be experienced TDG veterans, having had at least several years of experience as elected TDG representatives. Coupled with this experience is the proven record of good character and competence. Hence advisory board members will be carefully listened to when dealing with the elected bodies.

 
 

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