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joshua bigley


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Implement a TED-style Open-democracy social-networking Website for gov, citizens, voting on issues, bills, elections, local, state, National

The US government should start a TED-clone forum to open up democracy and engage the public. Video clips would be elected officials and cabinet discussing real issues and solutions on stage in a public forum. And the site should have all the functions of Ted if not more-even voting with a paper trail and the counts sent to your in-box--perhaps even petition like. On the site could be activist ads, and petitions and letter signing functions (TED could do the same), and links to social media and not-for-profit organizations. Sequestered in a neat out of the way window that doesn't clutter the message.

Citizens could even be given a password and user-name with proper details, birth date/residence, etc. or even an up-link card to access the site anywhere with the swipe of an identity card (optional)--as in Internet cafes and hotels and bus/train stations, cafes.

It should be equipped with email-sharing forums for connecting people with skills and like ideas to get movements and local businesses devoted to community started.

Business is an extension of a community, it is empowered by the community-it must reflect and serve the community, therefore the nation, the world, the people....happiness and equality will flourish, and government will be held accountable (more so than now).

On this site-should be a box for 'VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE"--impeaching and censuring elected officials. (that would have to be loosely moderated somehow). otherwise every crank will be impeaching representatives. But the idea is to include more citizens in the decision making process--evolving into a direct-democracy based on reason, research, and activism.

None of this top down control and rule we have today. The people are not being heard, not being listened to, and blatantly-ignored, disenfranchised.
Money talks and citizens are fodder and dead peasants to government and big corporations. The military is the tip of the spear for behemoths, corporations:big-gov welfare. Hmm.


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    Feb 17 2011: I don't think we should wait for the government to do this, but build it ourselves.

    Better develop the tool in open source, and possible to use in any country

    Would be awesome
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      Feb 17 2011: No, I know, I thought of that as I was writing it, and thought wow i should start that myself, but then I thought, hw could i get elected officials to participate. I'm nobody really. But i suppose submissions could be made--video files of town hall meetings, etc. but i dont think more rhetoric and bogus propaganda would serve the system. it needs active participation of elected officials talking about the complexities of n idea and solutions, not pandering and lying and gunslinging...

      And it needs political will--by the people to actively vote people out with he click of a button who do not hold themselves accountable. If done right it could garner of enough support and affect change. And it would offer a medium for all candidates to run, not just the rich--uploading would be free. Profiles with sponsorships declared (not financial sponsorships but NGO, non-profits, community centers--endorsements)

      So an NGo or community group could click on a button that endorses the candidate and fill out a profile-so the activist group or charity or ngo's bio is posted and linked. In this way, no-names could find themselves on a n official ballot. i would like to get something like this started, and would ask for help to anyone willing to reach out in any way
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      Feb 17 2011: and any financial sponsorships could be added by users--building a long bio on the candidate or elected official in a easy convenient even fun structure
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      Feb 18 2011: There you go! Agreed!

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