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Add "www.whitehouse.gov" to the podium in the White House for TV viewers

The idea: If the text "www.whitehouse.gov" would be visible on the podium in front of the microphones on all occasions when the President speaks, more and more of those folks would visit the powerful website of the white house whom would have never thought of doing so before. Every time President Obama speaks, millions of people watch him (not always the same millions). The TV is the best advertising venue, why not ...more »

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Allow American Farmers to Grow Industrial Hemp

Industrial hemp varieties of Cannabis, also referred to as industrial hemp, fiber, or non-drug hemp, should not be confused with marijuana. Industrial hemp and marijuana are genetically distinct varieties of Cannabis, much like a St. Bernard and a Chihuahua are very different breeds of dogs. Despite easily discernable and widely accepted differences between the two distinct plant varieties, serious misconceptions continue ...more »

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Healthcare Electronic Medical Records Costs

Before designing any new healthcare administration, passing it and signing it into law, force EMR companies to bid and display their wares. I co-own and run some medical practices in the state of Virginia, and I am appalled by what I am hearing from official Washington and the media about what quality, secure and reliable EMR systems will costs. I have heard costs ranging from 40,000.00 per medical office up to 20 million ...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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Revise Speed Limit Laws on Interstate Highways

Let's be frank. Most of us speed, at least a little. Many studies have shown that current speed limits on highways are set at rather low speeds and are often chosen in an unscientific and rather arbitrary manner. The Interstate Highway System was originally designed to allow for a normal traffic flow of 75 mph. You might think a "Speed Limit 75" sign in your town (unless you live out West and already have them) would ...more »

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AmericaSpeaks 21st Century Town Hall Meeting Particpation Technology

The nonprofit AmericaSpeaks has pioneered a model that allows thousands of people to give thoughtful input on an important issue or decision, and to summarize and prioritize this input quickly and effectively. In a nutshell, diverse partcipants are educated about an issue and take part in facilitated small group dialogues. Following some discussion, groups of about 10 people brainstorm lists of ideas that are entered ...more »

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Replace lights in all government buildings with motion sensor activated lights

These could be set to turn the lights off if there is no activity in a room or corridor for 30 minutes. If an alarm sounded (maybe a low key bell) just before the lights turned off it would warn people that they should wave or something if they wanted to keep the lights on. A timer on the switch panel would be adjustable up to an hour.

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Contue, Expand, and Improve "Open Government Dialog"

This was a great idea and I'd like to see it a continuing process and to have it improved as time proceeds. The specifics are: 1) That it continue and that the President respond to the top items each week. That way there would be a continuing conversation. 2) That the procedures for finding ideas be improved, perhaps by open sourcing it, so that a user could show the Idea titles ordered by say: Recent, Top, Controversial, ...more »

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Create Multiple Opportunities for Communities to “Practice” Civic Engagement

Civic Engagement at the community level isn’t about a technique or a single model. It has to be about using every resource and idea possible to stay focused on the desired outcome – to create a stronger democracy by establishing ways for people to be fully engaged and connected/involved with all levels of government. As a coalition of practitioners across a variety of civic and government organizations, we recommend ...more »

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Community power and light

Local community government should expedite the production of electricity by the members of their community to the grid. So I could build solar collectors on the roof of my house. A no interest loan would be available, local specialists who had been evaluated would be available and once the collector was set up the local government would act to get the best return for me from the grid. Part of that return would pay ...more »

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EMINENT DOMAIN FOR PATENTS that benefit the planet.

YOu all have heard of eminent domain where the government can require you to sell your property to make way for some infrastructure necessary for the public good. My thought is that this principle should also apply to technological inventions which would really do the world a lot of good. It is well known that many patents which threaten the business of powerful corporations have been bought up and sat by these same corporations ...more »

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Centralized Digital System for FOIA Requests

The president should instruct the E-Government Administrator to implement a centralized digital system for Freedom of Information Act requests that interacts with each agency's FOIA office. Such a system could find and manage requests more efficiently and reduce the duplication of requests, since many requests, as well as any released documents, could be made publicly available through each agency’s online reading room. ...more »

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