I need help conducting a minimum one-hour observation of a public meeting. The meeting can be of a committee, commission, council, etc. I have to take notes during the observation, including what issues were covered, and what positions are taken on them. This can also be done by observing a meeting on government access television, if it is available.
B. Select one of the issues discussed during the meeting to focus on, and research it in depth. I need to be able to answer the following questions:
1. What position(s) on the issue were expressed in the meeting, and by whom?
2. How has this issue been addressed, if at all, in local or state elections? What did the voters say?
3. What interest groups take part in the dialogue regarding this issue? How have interest groups attempted to influence this issue?
4. What is your feeling regarding popular opinion on the issue?
Provide a personal opinion of the communication in this public meeting? Do you think the dialogue in the meeting accurately reflected the public's views on the issue? How might the process for citizens to communicate with local government be improve?
The issue discussed in the meeting is of Science and Technology cooperation between US & China. In the present scenario, Science has been regarded as a very powerful tool for development & outgrowth of the economy. The economy needs to have upgraded science and technology so as to have a competitive edge. In the wake of the current developments and the emerging demands that are placed on the system of Science & Technology, it has become significant for the government to start a few major science projects which are according to the needs of the nation and will also be relevant for tomorrow's technology (China-U.S. joint commission meeting boosts S&T co-op, 2006).
The meeting discussed about the Science & Technology cooperation involving two or more governments. The two governments briefed on the policies related to science & technology which were formulated by the administrators of the two countries. Various other issues were also discussed in the meeting like energy technology, nuclear safety and technology. These issues were discussed by the representatives of ...
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