(@grassrootsunity)

New Strategies and Techniques

Obama ellicit a national awreness discussion on The State of Our Democracy

The systems that are supposed to make our democracy the best in the world are failing us. That is why the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) was passed about 10 years ago, supposedly to fix certain problems. We now know that it was an utter boondoggle which pushed the country towards electronic voting, an outrageous "failure of the imagination." We need to take pride in the working of our democracy again and to do that... more »

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(@pablo0)

New Tools and Technologies

U.S. Representative Voting Preference Polls (P-poll for short)

P-poll Now Universal Health Care? Yes or No Funding for War? Yes or No Immigration Reform? Yes or No How would you vote? Your U.S. Representative should know. Let’s require U.S. Representatives to poll their constituents regarding bills scheduled for a vote and publish the results at house.gov. For example: HR 101 $900 Billion Stimulus Plan The People say: Nay (68% vs. 32%) The House says: Yea (51% vs. 49%)... more »

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New Strategies and Techniques

COMMUNITY WEAVING AMERICA

We propose Community Weaving America! The mission is unique. We are weaving a new world one Good Neighbor at a time to...(the people engaged in Community Weaving complete the mission statement!) The time has come for people to be connected! Community Weaving creates an infrustructure in the grass roots comprised of people willing to be Good Neighbors who will serve as a support system. This system is needed in order to... more »

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(@bobhilt1)

New Strategies and Techniques

Direct Democracy with Revokable Proxy Voting By Subject

Given different expertise levels and passions to engage in certain topics, some people are simply far more expert than others. If one were able to vote on anything, or alternatively assign one's votes on particular subject areas to someone else they trust to vote wisely, then one could have confidence that their vote is most aligned with their intent. Proxied votes could be re-proxied to others as desired, potentially... more »

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(@evan.mcgown)

New Strategies and Techniques

Internet Voting to Replace Congress for Representation

The strategy of having elected Congress members to represent constituencies was applicable when we had such a spread out citizen population and no technology to get every voice heard. We now have the technology available to truly have a government by the people. We will of course need congress-people, but their and their staff's role will be merely to sort through people-generated ideas (like this website)and to formulate,... more »

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(@robwheeler)

New Strategies and Techniques

Develop and Implement a National Strategy for Sustainability

I would suggest that the best way to strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness, while making government more transparent, participatory, and collaborative, would be for the Obama Administration to lead the American People in Developing and Implementing a National Strategy for Sustainability. It is commonly recognized that those of us in the United States are not living sustainably today. With... more »

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(@teddidread)

New Strategies and Techniques

Dynamic Self-Governance (DSG)

Dynamic Self-Governance (DSG) is a way to organize informal groups, businesses of any size, and governmental agencies. DSG uses systems theory and cybernetics to create enterprises that function EXTREMELY well, AND treat people as human beings. The key to DSG is that the Dutch engineer who developed it 4 decades ago came up with a way to keep all participants equal in power: Consent decision-making for policy decisions.... more »

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(@copa00)

New Strategies and Techniques

A Democratic Military

Some will say that a democratic military is an oxymoron or a contradiction in terms. But, that is because we have not critically examined our military, why it exists, it's purpose and it's place in the society. The US military belongs to all of us, acts in our name and we suffer or gain from the consequences of what it does. Millions of people participate in the military and their families are effected. However, the military... more »

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(@mk0000)

New Tools and Technologies

Make the Open Government Dialogue an ongoing process

One week is not enough for this important initiative.

It should be transformed into an ongoing tool for citizen participation in making decissions efffecting their lives.

When doing this, make sure that every participant really votes only once (e.g., by linking the exiting voters lists with this site.

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(@douglas)

Communications Strategies

Civic Intelligence: Will We Be Smart Enough, Soon Enough?

Civic intelligence is the term that refers to the collective intelligence of people as applied towards shared challenges in a fair and effective manner. Lacking a commonly used name, civic intelligence, though it already exists as a phenomenon, will not receive the attention it deserves. Civic intelligence in a general way measures how well a community, nation, or society responds. Civic intelligence can be intentionally... more »

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(@copa00)

New Strategies and Techniques

"There Oughta Be A Law"

There needs to be a process whereby the public can initiate a process to introduce popular legislation with legal input on Constitutional issues. One option would be to create a site for each registered voter to sign in, be verified and get a numbered account. At that site, somewhat similar to this one, new legislation could be proposed that would also be sent to their Congressional representatives, and then voted on... more »

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(@jsnow0)

New Strategies and Techniques

Allow voters to vote for more than one presidential candidate.

Approval voting[1] is a system where a voter may vote for as many candidates as he or she wishes. As an example, suppose a voter likes a particular third party candidate, as well as a mainstream candidate. Should the voter "throw their vote away" on the candidate who isn't likely to win, or vote for the mainstream candidate? With approval voting, they could simply vote for both candidates. The candidate with the... more »

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(@vacationtogo2003)

Between Federal, State, and Local Governments

How About A Return To The Small Federal Government The Constitution Calls For

From Healthcare to Nationalizing Banks and Privately Held Corporations This Federal Government is a bureaucracy out of control. The Pigs at the trough no matter their original good intents like it too much to leave it. It is time for states to regain the control authorized by the 10th amendment and perform "right sized" methods utilized in business everyday.

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