GPNS position protocol

This GPNS position protocol was formally proposed to the Green Party of Nova Scotia as a constitutional protocol. Since it contains instructions it is most likely CC-by-sa by that political party.

"Proper use of online tools, mail-in ballots in policy review

The GPNS Shadow Cabinet is formally responsible for the platform
used during elections. It has responsibility between elections
to provide expert input to press releases and clarifications of
standing positions. The GPNS Leader does not have the authority
to make or state policy without Shadow Cabinet's participation.
Press releases should be vetted by multiple qualified editors." See the GPNS press protocol.

"To facilitate this participation, online tools such as a wiki,
intranet or yahoogroup mailing list may be used. These will be
available to any participant in any Green policy process. When
time permits, outside experts and public input will be invited,
including anonymous input, and input from non-citizens (especially
those affected by decisions in foreign policy or in foreign aid" including trade.

"In ordinary daily use preparing press releases and responding to
situations, these tools are adequate and authorized as a way to
take positions. However, the preparation of major positions and
new initiatives (the platform drafting process) must include many
more members than the drafting of ordinary press releases. Plank drafts should be created from positions taken in press releases or
in answer to citizen questionnaires, if no prior policy exists. A relatively slow consultative process should prepare the platform to be discussed, in the form of a number of open issues with positions
the party might take, at a policy convention (live meeting) to take
place several months before any anticipated general election. The
output of this meeting should be a mail-in ballot asking members to
make the most important or controversial policy decisions. Those able to attend the conference will set the final ballot questions. Those able to use the online tools will frame the issues for that
conference. But those who can do neither must also have a voice:

Accordingly, the mail-in ballot should make the major decisions on which policy directions to take on the most controversial issues: those which do not come to a strong (U-1 or U-2) consensus at the live policy conference, where the party may take one of two or more contrasting positions. These become multiple choice questions on a
mail-in ballot. The results of that ballot will be binding and the final platform will be authored by Shadow Cabinet according to its directions, again using a collective collaborative editing process." See also mark up and mail back for less formal markup.

"The Green Party of Nova Scotia Living Platform, with anonymous input from the public, is the best working prototype of such an issue system - GPNS Shadow Cabinet nominees must demonstrate the capacity to use it,
so that they can participate in plank and press release drafting and
share answers to citizen questionnaires they write during elections."