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Goals of the New Paradigm

Last edited by Wayne on 08 October, 2010 at 19:46

This is version 1.0 of defining the goals of a new paradigm of communication between citizens and elected officials. Have a look at it and let us know what you think. As we make modifications to it, we’ll come back to you for feedback.

We have identified the following goals that the new paradigm should attempt to meet. It is envisioned as a ‘snapshot’ of the ideal system that we can all aspire to. While a specific technology or structure may not forward every goal identified here, this common vision of the future will enable us to get there more quickly.


  • Cultivate and facilitate informed decision-making.
  • Continuously educate citizens, officeholders, and advocacy groups.
  • Empower peer education.

Connections and feedback

  • Connect an increasingly engaged citizenry with elected officials skilled at problem solving.
  • Ensure that representatives can engage with citizens at will.
  • To help make meaningful participation sustainable, we need more feedback loops to keep the citizen engaged.
    • Connect citizen input to feedback from elected officials.
    • Track legislative action and connect it to citizen input.
  • “Us vs. the Issue” rather than an “Us vs. Them” framework.

Systemic memory

  • Hold politicians accountable.
  • Long-term awareness of issues and results.
  • Resilient and active communities of participation that persist over time, multiple elections, and multiple issues can accomplish this, and also:
    • Educate new community members about issues and the skills of deliberation.
    • Build relationships with candidates.


  • Provide a low barrier to entry for participation (insight, decision, action).
  • Provide forums wherein all stakeholders may engage in ongoing discussions around every issue.
  • Enable communication across multiple platforms including blogs and social networks such as twitter, Facebook, and others.
  • Bridge the gap between online and in-person participation.
  • Integrate both synchronous and asynchronous models of participation.
  • When the vote happens, the conversation does not end; that’s only the beginning.  High voter turnout is not an end in itself; it is a gateway to more meaningful participation.
  • We must balance the citizen’s need to be involved in government with the need for citizens to do other things such as focus on life, liberty, and the pursuit of  happiness.
  • Citizens must be aware of the political process and have access to adequate tools.


  • Informed decision making, including broadly representative stakeholders, experts, and informed citizens in policy deliberation.
  • Promote processes which enfranchise participants, and engender feelings of ownership around decisions.


  • Make data a standard, portable, reliable commodity accessible at all endpoints of any system in a standard form and format for analysis and integration by external systems.

Political drivers

  • Change the currency of politics to engagement with citizens.
  • Mitigate the influence of money on the political process.

What did we miss?

Let us know below so can modify this and improve it.

Comments (1)

  • Tina LeeTina Lee says:
    17 June, 2010 at 18:18
    - Make the feedback loop transparent. - Create a continuum for engagement (low-high) - Make participation rewarding (if not fun) *think game mechanics - Build platforms that facilitate the forming of groups within groups - Make the feedback loop relatively real-time - Meet people where they're at; behavior change can only come incrementally - Provide clear incentives/rewards for elected and public officials