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Ad powerful filtering engines to this site to stop the insult and nonesense

There is quite a lot of typical "Obama-liar-racist-nazi"- nonesense out there, which makes it very difficult and pretty annoying for people who have real ideas and know how to discuss the civilised way. Please, please add something like a team of moderators, who delete nonsens and obvious insults. Free speech is everyone's right, but people who spam or insult should be thrown out, banned and prosecuted if they are have ...more »

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Reject or remove birth certificate ideas

If someone posts an idea with those two words, have it automatically fail to post. I just signed on to this site, to read what my fellow Americans were thinking about how to improve our country. Instead it appears that the wingnut fringe is using this as a backboard for their crazy theories about why the president isn't really the President. If I wanted to read this stuff I could go read redstate, or the emails my ...more »

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Dialogue?

I'm sitting here looking at all the people who've had their posts deleted because they are raising a legitimate issue: Where's The Birth Certificate. And at the top of the page it reads, "Open Government Dialogue". It's not dialogue when people are silenced. What exactly is this site's definition of 'dialogue'? Also, I don't place full blame of providing proof of birth on Mr. Obama. I also blame both sides of the ...more »

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Between Federal, State, and Local Governments

Conferences for Collaboraiton (or End Traditional Conferences)

This is for Collaboration across EVERYTHING...for Participation and for Capacity Building Between Federal Agencies Between Federal, State, and Local Governments Public-Private Partnerships Do-It-Yourself Government ---------------- Making innovative change in big systems is challenging. I know, I have been working hard on a particularly large challenge myself - supporting the emergence of the identity layer of the ...more »

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Redefine and revitalize role of libraries - convene non-partisan citizen dialogue events

Simply put, there are very few truly non-partisan environments that have a presence in every community across our nation. Libraries, a friend argued recently, are the "last bastion od democracy" - and are uniquely positioned to gather their local citizens into a new national democratic practice of getting together regularly to: access and share information; voice opinions, and take action as individuals or in groups. ...more »

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Public dialogue on web platforms produces informed deliberation and increases confidence in government

There’s hesitation in government to use the web to engage the public in dialogue. This seems to be because conversations on the web look disorganized and can feel hostile. We’ve found that, if it’s designed properly, web-based dialogue can be positive and productive for agencies. How can we reassure government agencies that they won’t be eaten alive on the web? WestEd has been conducting public dialogues on the web to ...more »

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Create a government-wide culture of transparency, collaboration, and participation

The heart of any large scale change like this Transparency and Open Government initiative is the culture of the organization or institution (my definition of culture is included below). To have any hope of sustaining the changes implemented through this initiative, the culture of the Federal government needs to undergo a transformation. Without changing the culture, only surface changes will occur and the system will ...more »

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Use a Whole Systems Approach to Transparency and Open Government

One of the major challenges with large initiatives (such as this Transparency and Open Government initiative) and large organizations/institutions (such as the Federal Government) is the lack of integration, collaboration, and synergy that usually result from trying to design, implement, and manage anything this large and complex. They are typically designed and implemented in separate pieces based on the concept that ...more »

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Use Randomly Selected Citizen Deliberative Councils to tap the collective wisdom of We the People

Ad hoc, randomly selected, well-informed citizen deliberative councils like Citizens Juries, Citizen Assemblies, and Consensus Conferences have been used hundreds of times around the world to provide policy guidance to public officials and the citizenry. The U.S. lags far behind in their use. These similar approaches all enable a microcosm of a country or community to generate informed public judgment about specific ...more »

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Diverse Ldrs/Citizens Address Pivotal Issues & Co-Create Sustainable Solutions thru Orbits of Influence Global Social Innovation

WHY IS THIS IDEA IMPORTANT? ORBITS OF INFLUENCE Social Innovation Initiative was designed to provide a co-creative space and proven master process through which diverse leaders may come together in dialogue to address and co-create sustainable solutions for the pivotal issues and ideas of our lives, work and world. Using this model for public/civic dialogue, we have successfully addressed - and generated co-created ...more »

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Diverse Ldrs/Citizens Address Pivotal Issues & Co-Create Sustainable Solutions thru Orbits of Influence Global Social Innovation

WHY IS THIS IDEA IMPORTANT? ORBITS OF INFLUENCE Social Innovation Initiative was designed to provide a co-creative space and proven master process through which diverse leaders may come together in dialogue to address and co-create sustainable solutions for the pivotal issues and ideas of our lives, work and world. Using this model for public/civic dialogue, we have successfully addressed - and generated co-created ...more »

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a Citizen Councilor Network: scaleable, manageable, measureable

(this idea was also submitted to Google's "Project 10 to the 100" at www.project10tothe100.com/) More background on this idea is available at: www.KingCounty.gov/operations/auditor/CommunityForums and www.CommunityForums.org WHAT ONE SENTENCE BEST DESCRIBES THIS IDEA? This idea improves upon the common notion of a "public hearing" by taking it "to scale" and capturing the opinions of all participants anywhere they meet. ...more »

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