Imagine this in New Zealand! A feed from the ReadWriteWeb blog this morning drew my attention to the latest innovation from the US White House. President Obama’s team have launched a new web site where anyone can submit and vote for their most important questions abut the economy and its impact on education, health, retirement, jobs etc. Obama is promising to read these submissions and respond in person in a regular broadcast each Thursday. As ReadWriteWeb point out – the White House has a Digg clone!
In New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has made a start with a website presence that includes YouTube presentations and Flickr photos, while his Facebook account does provide opportunities for personal interaction. But what about following the Obama example, and upping the ante on social participation with our own Digg clone??
I’m a fan of using the internet for social participation, and see great value in this sort of e-democracy. In Christchurch I’ve been following discussions in an e-democracy forum for some time now since my friend Dan Randow started it up as part of his work with http://onlinegroups.net/. A recent focus on the issue of boy racers in the city illustrates how citizens were able to engage in discussion on the topic, exposing a wide range of perspectives that included input from local politicians. The Christchurch group is part of a growing e-democracy network that includes groups in the UK and the US also.
Now imagine at the school level how we could create greater engagement in social issues if we managed to incorporate these sorts of opportunities – would certainly go a long way towards achieving the curriculum goal of developing young people who are confident, connected, actively involved, life-long learners!