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Another Way to Serve: AllForGood and Open Government

07/24/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

There's a lot of excitement regarding United We Serve, serve.gov, and AllForGood.org, the "Craigslist for service."

You can also help out by participating in the Open Government Initiative, which is all about real grassroots democracy.

President Obama issued a Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government in which he called for recommendations on making the government more transparent, participatory, and collaborative.

From the start, the White House Open Government Initiative has approached the crafting of these recommendations in an open fashion. An initial Brainstorming phase in late May asked you to identify topics for the recommendations. In the Discussion phase in early June, you explored those topics in greater depth.

Today, we ask you to work together to draft recommendations that translate good ideas and lofty principles into specific actions that can be taken to achieve open government. This Drafting Phase invites you to collaborate on creating recommendations for open government policy using a web-based wiki tool.

Recommendations should be concise, specific, and actionable, addressing:

Who? - Who is being directed to do what?

What? - What is the recommendation designed to achieve?

Why? - Why is it important?

How? - How will success be measured?

These recommendations will inform the drafting of an "Open Government Directive" to Executive Branch agencies.