26 October 2010
Filed under News
We just turned two on October 17th and it’s time to look to the future and set our sights by establishing a five year plan. What better way to model our own assertions than by reaching out to the public for guidance? [That means you!]
This post is the first in a series exploring the Open Forum Foundation’s future, present, and past – all within the context of how we should move forward from here. Each post is designed to present a different aspect of who we are, and to elicit conversation about how this can be leveraged as we think about the future of the organization.
On November 13, your input will be used at our annual board of director’s meeting to determine the future of the Open Forum Foundation.
In this first post, I’d like to encourage you to dream big about the relationship between citizens and governments. The bigger, the better!! What is the coolest thing you can imagine? If you were writing a Utopian novel, what would that relationship look like for you? In the best science fiction you’ve ever read, how do the government and citizens relate to one another? Once society has solved all of its problems (I said Dream Big!), how will it work?
I’ve written a couple to get you thinking:
- Every citizen on the planet deserves a voice in the decisions that impact their life, work, and family. Technology can enable this by connecting citizens not only to their government officials, but also to each other and to the citizens of other countries. This web of interconnectivity will work to empower citizens and ensure that the governments of the world work to protect and improve the lives of their people.
- In an ideal world, every citizen would have a say in every governmental decision that they have an interest in. This is not to say that they would get to make the decision, but simply that good ideas would always rise to the top, and policies would always fairly balance the needs of the few with the desires of the many.
Come on!! Give us something good!
Part 2 of this series is Tangibles.