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Community driven website that links together the best ideas, the best workers and required financing

I'm a web designer. This is an idea about a community driven website. If people are given the right tools, anything can be done.

There are problems in the world that need to be fixed, and improvements that can be made. You can call this "the mother of all improvement projects". Its like a much more advanced version of this TED website. The basis of the project is simple:

1. There are people in this world who are good in generating good ideas for solving various problems in society.

2. There are people who are willing to work to implement those ideas for money, or for personal satisfaction.

3. There are people who are rich and are willing to finance these ideas.

The web project would link these three elements. The best ideas will get "upvoted", improved and prioritized. The best workers will get the best feedback. Rich people can then decide which projects they want to finance.

The scope is limitless and can apply anywhere in the world from rich upper-class neighborhoods in developed countries to villages in Africa. Examples of problems: Reducing corruption in a government, improving laws, reducing crime, implementing other sub-projects, big or small, that make society better.

Why would this work? One examples of a community driven website is Reddit. The best/most amusing/interesting internet links/images/stories are "upvoted" to appear on their front page. Its a very popular website with a traffic rank of 130 in Alexa.
Other examples: Comments on Yahoo news article. The best comments get upvoted to the top. Another example is an internet search engine. The best websites for a certain term are ranked higher.

The success of a project depends on the belief we have in it and for me it is very strong. My goal is to get ideas and find a group of like-minded people to start working on this project.
I thought TED is a good place to come and get an initial response to this.

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  • Mar 5 2013: I've made you administrator on the forum.

    As for Google+, the interface is easier to use than a forum, especially the admin part. Sharing is very easy and if you already have a Google account, you don't have the threshold of registering as a forum user. Facebook could work just as well, but I personally prefer Google+ since it's cleaner and discussions generally tend to be more serious there. I like the hangouts too. It's the easiest and cheapest (=free) way I know to do group video chat. I suggest you try Google+ and see whether you like it or not.

    We could use a wiki that is linked to a social coding platform like Github, SourceForge or Google Code. It is a developer oriented approach, but it has the advantage of having everything in one place.

    And I know, I'm starting to sound like a Google salesperson now, but I would also suggest Google Docs for visualizing concepts quickly. Microsoft has a similar service, Office 365, but is a commercial product.
    • Mar 6 2013: Cool thanks. I'll make a Google account and let you know.
    • Mar 6 2013: I like Google+ plus more than Facebook myself (although never used g+ and I'm a very limited user of Facebook)
      I made the account and added you in Google+. Not sure what to do next. Let me know.
      I hate using my real name on the internet, if I dont have to and but I may declare my real name at some point. I I guess it doesn't matter that much at this point.

      Do you know of a real demo/example of a wiki that we can use, or setup like you setup the forum (with no coding required, just a setup)? I will follow your suggestions about Google docs and anything else that you have.
      We can keep the forum you made for the moment we need it.

      Video chat sounds like a great idea. We can do that anytime also and I think it will be helpful in solidifying our connection to this project and so on.

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