Pol.is? A new way to hold community discussions!

Have something to say that wasn’t captured in the survey? This voting tool allows you to vote on ideas, and then add your own statements about the future of housing, and how we might preserve biodiversity and our freshwater resources through better policies.

The Pol.is software lets you see to what degree others in the community agree or disagree with your ideas. It highlights which ideas generate agreement/consensus, and which are polarizing but may offer new insights or perspectives not captured in the survey.

“It is one of the best bets to get rid of the “virus of the mind” that is ideology, which has hacked our political discussions and impaired our ability to collaborate as a society.” – Paula Berman 

The process is simple: just click YES / NO / PASS to vote on the statements you read below, then contribute your own ideas or comments to add to the conversation, for others to vote on!

Remember when commenting that it’s important to express only one idea per comment. If you have more ideas that’s great! Just separate them out into different comments. Comment as many times as you like.

Biodiversity / Water Conservation and Climate Change

This conversation will be lightly moderated so that every comment/statement is visible right away, then may be moderated out later if need be. Some reasons for a comment to be moved may include:

  • Multiple ideas in the same comment
  • The comment duplicates another comment or in other ways reduces the effectiveness of analysis
  • Content that is off topic
  • Spam
  • Abusive, vulgar, or otherwise inappropriate comments

At the end of the conversation, a moderator will announce the impending closure of comments and then close comments. After which, a complete open data report will be made available on this website (see below for the report on last week’s conversation!)


Last conversation, we asked:

“If you could change one thing about housing regulations on Gabriola, what would it be?”
  • 40 participants voted
  • 416 votes were cast
  • 10.40 votes per participant on average
  • 17 commented
  • 20 comments submitted

Here’s the report of how people voted.