21st Century Democracy Tech Ideation, Continued
March 5, 2012 · 6:00 PM
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A short, focused follow-up around key topics covered in our first meeting:
- We need to build communities. Community means showing each other we care.
- Don't recreate the social graph. Avoid the echo chamber of social media; instead, give voters a positive feedback loop. Voters who feel they belong will want to opt into messaging.
- People need to be educated. But they also want to know 'what's in it for me.'
- Issues can be powerful motivators. Any individual's concern can be elevated to an issue that the community can embrace.
- In a world of fragmented tools, we need to provide consistency and ubiquity while not forgetting that people are rewards oriented and find context through geography.
- Politicians also need to be educated and engaged. One way to do that is to allow voters to rate them.
- Many approaches look like a parallel, "sunshine" government. Own the .gov. Create a Wikipedia. Support Open Congress. The objective is to tailor government to the individual, ending decades of trying to train the individual to fit government.
- Press needs to be involved from the start in order to amplify our efforts.
We will also review outcomes from conversations going on the Meetup discussions page around topics including:
- What are the tools that can help us accomplish these four things?
- What tools exist that can help us accomplish some of these things?
- How can we aggregate them?
- Can we identify primary tools, data sets and other building blocks that we may want to target for a hackathon?