Campaign: Public-Private Partnerships

Starting a New Deal

Generally I see that a majority of Americans feel they are being lied to but this is actually a case of being stumped. If you have never been stumped they listen here, it is easy to get stumped and laughed at on the way to the bank. So here is the lesson. The Middle East Opec nations may not have over two hundred gasoline stations compared to the 5,000 or more in America and yet to think that they need more is absurb ...more »

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Campaign: New Strategies and Techniques

Who are the open government dialog participants?

The idea of the open government dialog is great, but who are we having a dialog with? Using the “town meeting” analogy, there are no anonymous participants. When you say something in such a meeting you usually are known or state your name. Perhaps the same should apply here – the participating citizens should identify themselves. Part of a dialog is trust, how can I trust an anonymous voice? How many voices are really ...more »

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Campaign: New Tools and Technologies

Use moderators

Reviewing today's "This Week In IdeaScale" email, there were 41 ideas listed but, by my count, only 10 dealt with government openness.

That means those who want to participate have to wade through the 75% irrelevant garbage to get to the 25% of suggestions which are germane.

Use volunteer moderators to remove - or at least segregate - those comments/suggestions which are off-topic.

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Campaign: New Tools and Technologies

Ask Simon

Let Simon Decide (http://www.LetSimonDecide.com) is an online decision support system based on artificial intelligence (AI), rules, social networking and decision science fundamentals. It helps define the decision making criteria and brainstorm variable and issues that affect the decision.

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Campaign: New Strategies and Techniques

Deliberative Democratic models of Governance

what has always upset me about this government has been a lack of transparency and one of the reasons why we lack transparency frankly is due to the institution of representation itself. Within political science research has shown that highly centralized forms of governance tend towards corruption for a myriad of reasons I won't get into here. On important issues like health care, though, I know that the American public ...more »

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Campaign: Do-It-Yourself Government

If God is content with 10%, why should the Federal Government need more?

LOL. Repeal the 16th. Add amendment: Federal Government shall be content with a 10% sales tax, and shall apply no other taxes. Federal Government shall confine itself to its means and stay within its budget. Federal Government shall be free to petition God for extra money if they make budgeting mistakes. All, and I mean ALL excise taxes are prohibited. Obama, give back the SCHIP taxes. That was wrong, and bad. ...more »

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Campaign: New Strategies and Techniques

"Media Dome" + Interactive Displays of Public Intelligence + Public Input for Decision Support

Visit these websites 1. http://geodome.info 2. http://benfry.com/zipdecode 3. http://everyblock.com 4. http://smart-city.re-configure.org Imagine them all combined into a public theater (though these examples would be expanded to a much greater degree of "local-to-global animated knowledge-mapping") The public is given animated demonstrations/animated data visualization, and exciting 3-D demos (and given chances to ...more »

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Campaign: New Strategies and Techniques

Initiative to represent the nations diverse and real concerns by location.

Many times, we are all caught up in the most publicized issues, we almost forget about the ones closest to our homes. In a speech during his campaign, Obama mentioned "As we learn that the struggles of the textile workers in Spartanburg are not so different than the plight of the dishwasher in Los Vegas...we will remember that there is something happening in America; that we are not as divided as our politics suggest." ...more »

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Government use of social media should focus more on “small groups of smart people arguing with each other” - Clay Shirky

Government use of social media should focus more on “small groups of smart people arguing with each other”, as Clay Shirky (author of Here Comes Everybody) suggests: (http://socialreporter.com/?p=502). To achieve this, consider adapting a system such as TransparentDemocracy.org to allow “small groups of smart people” to: 1. Publish proposed decisions. 2. Publish how they recommend the decision be made, and why. 3. ...more »

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Campaign: Federal Advisory Committees

President’s Open Government Advisory Committee

The Committee shall consist of members appointed by the President, including representatives of media organizations; nonprofit groups using government data; nonprofit groups supporting government transparency; academic researchers; and information-technology firms. The Committee shall provide the Office of Chief Technology Officer with expert, independent advice on increasing public access to Federal government information ...more »

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Campaign: Between Federal Agencies

Develop Coherent Technical Assistance Strategies for States and Communities

In the 1990s, the federal government, in a very rough estimate, was found to spend almost $100 million per year to hire technical assistance consultants to assist communities with the implementation of federal programs. These technical assistance consultants are often engaged to help communities develop and implement public-private collaboration frameworks and public participation strategies as well as other, more technical ...more »

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Campaign: Making Government Operations More Open

Invite Congress to partner with the Administration on this as a government-wide, bi-partisan initiative

In reading President Obama’s January 21st “Memorandum For The Heads Of Executive Departments And Agencies” that launched this Transparency and Open Government initiative, you will notice that the whole focus is on the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. This makes sense since the Constitution only gives the President formal management authority over this branch of the government. He can only influence the other ...more »

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