Jezebel founding editor Anna Holmes suggests mandatory communications courses for members of Congress to encourage understanding and civil debate between parties.
Technology writer and entrepreneur Anil Dash proposes that policymakers use social media to find out what their constituents want.
Elliot Ackerman talks about “Americans Elect,” an independent movement to allow ordinary Americans to nominate a candidate outside the two-party system.
Walter Kirn, who wrote the novel “Up in the Air,” says the way to fix Congress is to make all the representatives live fulltime in their districts. That way, he says, they would be forced to deal with their constituents after each controversial vote.
Jeff Greenfield moderates a bipartisan panel that offers detailed proposals about how to make Congress work. Their ideas include: non-partisan primaries, mandatory voting and campaign finance reform.
Kurt Andersen, author and host of public radio’s “Studio 360,” says lawmakers should get to know each other by spending a minimum number of days together in Washington, D.C.