US44 - Public Wiki For Social Programs
One of Obama’s change messages is that solutions have to come from the bottom up. He wants the general public to be more involved in government and points to the internet as a means. The wiki format would be a good way to deliver. With billions doled out to corporations and economic stimulus, this could provide politically powerful balance and unique impact. The ‘bottom up’ approach would tap valuable resources, avoid rigidity in communication and role-assignment, and encourage productive engagement.
- People actually involved know what the problems are and have local knowledge of what can really help.
- The wiki format could organize and propel nuanced schools of thought regarding a wide variety of problems concurrently.
- The broad population could represent and assume a fuller spectrum of objectives and roles. Top-down decision-makers and their representatives are more constrained by reputation and time.
- People would be better able to contribute to government in personally meaningful ways. There would be a populist bridge from opinions/knowledge to action.
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