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About Poco

Poco is a tool to help you write proposals. Proposals can be policy resolutions for a convention or short-term, immediate suggestions.

Most of the ideas behind this website were first proposed in this essay.

Poco is always being developed, so please let us know what you think about it!

How does Poco help me?

Poco makes it easier for people from different ridings to work together. It does not replace the hard work you must do at the local level to gather support for your idea, and does not save you from having to get a riding to endorse any resolutions you want to send to a convention. But here’s how it can help you:

  • You can get endorsements from other ridings well in advance of a convention. This will raise the chances that your resolution will be accepted.
  • You can get suggestions from a larger, wider range of people than most of us have access to in our own ridings.
  • If you are interested in a more obscure topic and do not have fellow collaborators in your own riding, you can still make a useful contribution by finding other like-minded people in different ridings.

In addition, Poco also has some additional features you may find useful:

  • You can attach references to any proposal. Currently, formal policy resolutions are limited to a single sheet of paper, which limits the amount of detail you can explore. Poco allows you to attach supplementary information so that interested readers can learn more about your idea. For example, a resolution regarding the Kelowna accord might include the entire text of the accord as a reference.
  • You can see the history of any proposal, including what changes were made to it, when, why and by whom.
  • You can see what other people and ridings think of your proposal by viewing how people are voting for it. Voters may also leave comments, and you can use these comments to improve your resolution.
  • You can merge (or blend) similar proposals together. You’ll have to come up with the text of the blended proposal yourself, but all the votes and endorsements for the two proposals will be combined into one.

Who’s it for?

It’s for all LPC members. With that said, at first, will probably be the most valuable to EDA policy chairs. Why? At the moment, EDAs tend to work on their policy resolutions in isolation, and rely on their PTAs or the national committee to merge similar resolutions together. Worse, since every province/territory is only allowed ten proposals per convention, if two provinces suggest a similar idea, that’s a valuable slot gone to waste.

With Poco, EDAs can work together on their policies. You can even merge similar proposals yourselves, instead of waiting for someone else to do it for you. This will result in better proposals, less duplication and more room for suggestions that wouldn’t otherwise have made any one provinces’ top ten.

In addition to this, regular members can use Poco to try to “shop” their ideas around, find like-minded members to them, or even use Poco as a kind of online petition to gather support for an idea.

How is this related to En Famille?

En Famille is the LPC’s online discussion forum, and is used for general discussions, as well as live online conversations with Critics and other MPs.

For technical reasons, members of En Famille have had a difficult time turning the results of these discussions into specific proposals. Poco was designed to address this specific issue.

Who’s in charge of this site?

This site is not endorsed in any way by the LPC. While individual ridings may chose to use it (one riding as of Jan 17 2010), it is not supported by the party as a whole. No LPC staff or elected officials were involved in its creation, and it is not hosted on party servers.

The developer of this site is Adrian Ludwin. Please contact me for any and all comments and suggestions about the site.

Special thanks to Doug Brydges for hosting earlier versions of site, and for everyone else who has visited and provided comments.

The icons used in this site are from the set Addictive Flavour by Oliver Twardowski