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Jonas Eriksson

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A citizen initiative to remind our leaders on the promises they make

When people ask me "what are the single most important issue to reach a sustainable world" I always replies that we need to be better to get our political and economical leaders to keep their promises. Because I think we would have a sustainable world if they would have.

And now I want to take the next step and a initiative that will remind our leaders on the promises they make? A movement of active citizens using social media to keep the issues on the table and track the promises.

My initial idea are to build a web tool that can be embedded on any website and select a specific town or leader to track their promises. I can see the tools being used by the local newspaper as a way to engage their readers to discuss the policy makers performance and interact between the leaders and the citizens.

What do you think about the idea, and how can it be realized?



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    Aug 19 2011: Doesn't the question assume a hypothetical? Specifically... that the followers remember the promises made? Normal humans retain very little of things that are important... If they have leaders (tangential strangers who they probably have never met) why would they remember much of anything? In fact, it would be interesting to poll a cross-section of the populace to even see if they know who their 'leaders' are.
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      Aug 19 2011: That's true, and this could also be a reminder for the citizens. I think many promises already are out, if we scan YouTube we can see videos of speeches where leaders make thousands of promises, both in campaigns and in office. There's also often official documents from the parties outlining the promises they make for a election.

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