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Clark Ho
  • Clark Ho
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • United States

MBA Student - Expected Graduation 2012, Drexel University

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A system/structure for collaboration of ideas and vote from everyone to create, and contribute to the development of products,gov policies

SImply by using the interactive capability of the internet, sites and function such as facebook as a platform, for governments or companies to create a structure, that will allow everyone to create ideas/solutions for problems... such as economic reform, health care bill, or in a company case..... it can let millions of users to contribute ideas, and vote for themselves to come up with ones that they want the most, which save on cost and get the product that fit their needs most.
And interactive platform to build the future by everyone.
A complete collaborate of idea creation, to design, to product specs. to voting for best design for products, policies, regulations.... by the people, customers, citizens.

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    Apr 5 2012: Interesting idea!
  • Mar 22 2012: Excellent idea. I'd vote for this.
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      Mar 22 2012: Thanks, and at the moment i see lots of site with collaboration of ideas, such as this one.. facebook, social networking sites.. but it only goes to a certain extend... which is pure exchange of ideas without implementation.
      I just think these needs to go another extra step for the ideas to be implemented and physically improve our lives
  • Mar 20 2012: What your saying is a possible solution to the problem I mentioned, but I think it only makes sense in theory. People with personal access would have much more "say" then a demographic that has to group together and come to a compromise to present as "their" idea. I would be much more willing to contribute to the process since I have extremely convenient access, and much less willing to go to the local library, fight over a computer, and then input my opinion on policy decisions. People already have a hard time showing up to vote, and that's available to all of eligible voting and commonly a once every two years activity for those who decide to participate.

    Another problem with the idea is validating that each persons opinion is actually theirs. In a perfect world where corruption does not exist, this would not be a problem...but unfortunately it is and will continue to be.

    One more, is that we are not all specialists. The majority of the voting population has no expertise when it comes to policy creation, no idea how to predict outcomes. This is why we elect people with similiar ideals, but with a higher expertise( not to mention the staff of advisors and economic specialists).

    Ill say again, this is a great idea, and would contribute to the demographic process. I just think it only sounds good idealogically, not necessarily in reality. There are countless ideas out there that sound great in theory but wont really work out in practice. But I will always encourage brainstorming about ways to fix or enhance our current situation.
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      Mar 20 2012: I dont believe that is the case.... It doesnt matter at all whose ideas belong to who, because ultimately we are trying to get an agreement of the most wanted idea.

      Second, this structure should not be just aimed at personal access of private internet connection..... there are so many groups out there that can connect to people that deosnt have internet.. schools, churches.... community groups... unions.. so many of them... idea is gathered and designed, internet is just a tool to smoothen this structure...

      The idea is not to live in a passive world, that we just sit and wait for whatever things appear infront of us... we cant or have no channels to tell what we want, or what we like...
      We have to accept things that we dislike... and when it gets so bad, we go protest...

      Companies spend billions of dollars on marketing and finding out what products consumers wants... and a huge channel is infront of them.... to interactively design products that consumers really wants.... so i do think it is very useful... This is how the mountain bike is born.... a consumer driven and interaction created product...
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      Mar 20 2012: And also, we say it is not possible, because we never seen things like this being tried at all, there are and were no attempt to do so... the closest are we are getting to is company asking who like what on FB ..... thats the closest of interaction...

      But i believe this interaction needs to be pushed further.. companies need to ask... for designs.... and these designs can be help and aided by the expertises as you mentioned from their companies to come to the closest ideas that is feasible...

      Then these fusion of design by consumers and the companies can be voted by consumers through various ways... doesn't necessarily means internet other channels can be too, texts.. calls... lots of different creative ways...
  • Mar 20 2012: I think this is a great idea. The only thing is, only 65-70% of theUS population has easy access to broadband Internet. If policy decisions were to be based on this program, Internet access would have be extremely extensive. With the current system, this would be interpreted as discrimination against the less fortunate.
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      Mar 20 2012: Internet access should not be a problem, a effective strcuture should not just be bounded by personal internet access at your home... which is what you are stating... but a wider internet access would help, library, or other public access to a system.... a structure that can provide convenience, such as a group that can collaborate on these issues, if they have lack of internet access or computer such as retirement homes, low income groups, only by creating a physical group and meeting or gathering ( community, churches). We can already overcome the personal home internet access problem
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      Mar 20 2012: the idea of this structure should also be able to survive and operation without any internet access, fibre optic is only an aid to smooth the process of information flow. Groups like i explained before can also gather ideas then only 1 or 2 computer would be needed to get the job done,

      and one other thing, i never understand is that TED is a website to share ideas, i think it is a great thing, but what is ideas that does not get implemented ??
      We still don't have any structure, organization at all in this world to get these great ideas contributed by people and physically turning them into something useful.....

      At the moment we all live in a passive environment which we are suppressed to a point that we gather our ideas through social networks site to make a change...... why can't we use this great technology in a more constructive and positive way??