January 15, 2009

Talk With President Obama

THE ONLINE Office of the President Elect (Change.gov) has created a "Citizen's Briefing Book" for the new president. It's another great idea that uses the power of the Internet to engage people and build community. At the site, people can share their ideas on issues facing the new administration, then rate or comment on other ideas. The best rated ideas will rise to the top - and be gathered into a book to be delivered to Obama after he is sworn in. Categories include: economy, education, energy and environment, foreign policy, health are, homeland security, service, technology, veterans and additional issues.

While at the site, I did a search for "elections." As of this post there were 25 posts with approximately 100 comments. Some of the titles include:
  • Election Day should be a national holiday
  • Return Civics education to schools
  • Instant Runoff Voting
  • Use retinal scans and fingerprints to verify voters
  • Ban electronic/touch screen voting
  • Fraud-proof elections
  • Citizen owned publicly financed elections
Which topic has generated the most comments? 24 comments have been posted to the "Vote and debate all bills online and show what industries have contributed." In third place, "Provide more information about candidates and issues." Obviously the Obama folks have read The Wisdom of Crowds and Crowdsourcing.

I posted an idea to the "Citizen's Briefing Book" on Reinventing Election Day. In just 12 hours it had 4 comments from readers - check it out by clicking here.

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