"Democracy is not about voting, it's about discussing ideas and opinions. The way that democracy is measured is through voting. This site isn't about voting, but it's certainly about Democracy - shaping each other's opinions and thoughts with our own."
Wrestling with the idea of civic engagement and watching recent events with a local neighborhood about where to build the next new school leads me to rethink the ideas of measuring democracy through voting. It's easy to say "vote the bastards out" if they don't listen to our comments about where to place the new school. That's a measure of democracy - voting. But, isn't the true measure of civic engagement the grassroots organizing effort? Turning up at public meetings? Voicing one's opinion? Modifying the written agenda to allow others to speak?