Throw out and replace the entire tax system. The present tax system sends the wrong messages to virtually everyone, it encourages waste, it discourages conservation, and it rewards consumption. It taxes what we want to encourage – jobs, creativity, payrolls, and real income – and ignores the things we want to discourage – degradation, pollution, and depletion. The present U. S. tax system costs citizens $500 billion ...more »
In what may appear to be a boring procedural maneuver, the process of intense gerrymandering in most states has completely polarized the composition of the U.S. House over the years. As such, a new law must be passed to bring the nation back to some semblance of political moderation. State legislatures must only draw lines based on existing boundaries such as counties (or in some cases along city district lines where ...more »
With a process like ideascale, it is important to provide models or examples of the types of ideas or formats that you would like participants to make. Sometimes ideas can be seeded by experts in the community.
An idea might include:
What is the idea?
Who it will impact?
Why is it important?
Tag(s) for the topic
One of the ways to link to participants post is to report back to them. This can be as simple or as comprehensive as you would like. A high level one page summary of what was heard and how it will be used can go a long way in establishing credibility with participants. On-going relationships and community building online are no different than in-person relationships. You have to earn respect and credibility. If you ...more »
It has been along time since "build it and they will come" has been an effective strategy for ensuring participation. It might work well for baseball diamonds, soccer fields, or hockey rinks, but not for public participation. A comprehensive outreach strategy is essential to encourage participation by reaching out to those you need to hear from. For government that means getting beyond the "usual suspects" by considering ...more »