Have you seen the 10Questions.com website? It’s a simple (but brilliant) concept that enables the public to submit video questions for the 2008 presidential candidates and then (bottom up!) allows the public to decide which of the thousands of submitted questions were the most salient 10 questions.10

Using what’s called a mashup (combining info from different sites onto one screen), we should be able to do a much better one for next year’s city elections. [Not only 10 questions, but finance reports, press reports, candidate statements… all on one page per race.]

Someone needs to take the lead on this. Tech President, the New York Times, and MSNBC sponsored the 2008 10Questions. Who is going to spearhead and sponsor the 2009 10QuestionsNYC.com? (See this poster’s plug for why next time around it will be 10Questions.nyc.)

In past elections the Campaign for Community-Based Planning fought to get our questions inserted into someone else’s one-night public forum seen by perhaps a few hundred. The times have changed and next year’s election is going to be held on the web. Especially the local primaries.

In my council district, 6 good people are already sniffing at the soon-to-be-term-limited-seat of Helen Sears. How can we determine and highlight the issues of importance in each district? How can we tell one candidate from another? It’s got to be NYC10Questions.com. (See this poster’s project plug for why next time around it will be 10Questions.nyc.)

Let’s begin the effort by inviting Andrew Rasiej of Tech President (and former Public Advocate candidate) to explain its workings and determine their desire / intentions to reformat for NYC 2009. If they are not doing this, we should find a good civic organization to approach the Sunlight Foundation for a grant – see their Insane Useful Websites for examples of other things we need to build locally. (Creative Commons photo courtesy of David Gallagher.)

What do you think?

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