U4U a free and open deliberation platform

2020 Update

u4few To focus our efforts on the ease of input, early in the year the team constructed a small app for note-taking that runs in people’s browsers. The future users we had in mind were small groups, such as families, or nonprofits who are concerned with a single issue to deliberate.
Once the key features were decided the team returned to focus on development of a single ushin component to be used in all ushin  apps: the semantic screen.
semantic screen  By the first half of the year the team had created a semantic screen, or “semscreen” interface, the core component of ushin apps. This 9 region display defines a region for each the 8 ushin shapes, which offers a place for each of the 8 kinds of meanings. These regions surround a single point designated as the center of deliberation.
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The development team built, and made freely available for download, widget displaying ushin shapes. Using different software stacks we explored several prototypes. We tested several different mockups to gather points and queries from a handful of communities on various topics they would like to see in an open public deliberation. The list of topics has grown from page 9 in the booklet below.
2017 Comprehensive U4U Booklet: – There have been major advancements since this comprehensive description of the ushin project, written when U4U was considered a prototype. The team has moved past the prototype phase described in the booklet and are in the process of building the first version of u4u.

“Components”, mentioned in the booklet are considered more appropriately apps, and this term now refers only to user interface components, such as semscreen and list interactive displays.

U4U is an ongoing deliberation method open to and developed by everyone interested. Initial deliberations are both technical and social. The tech team will host deliberations relating to decisions and processes having to do with the user interface and the many options of backends including existing and emergent distributed, decentralized platforms. Of interest to the general community will be, among other current issues, the deliberation of governance of a cooperative, free public information utility, privacy, and issues of trust.