open government: open for questions

12/11/2008 01:56 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The Obama team is trying new ways to get really good ideas from the American people, and to see what people really want and need. is the platform for these experiments. (Looks like it's the
testbed for maybe something like

A new tool is "open government: open for questions at

People post questions they want answers for from the Obama team, and vote
on their priority, like:

"What will you do as President to restore the Constitutional protections
that have been subverted by the Bush Administration and how will you
ensure that our system of checks and balances is renewed?"

This looks like a really good idea for people in the highest of offices
to hear what's really going on, with minimal filtering. Normally, CEOS
and Presidents lose touch with what's real. "open for questions" starts
to address that; let's see how it works.