Governor Tarso Genro of the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil has done it again. The Governor and his team completed a second round of their amazing open government project called Governador Pergunta (The Governor Asks), which collects public feedback on important policy challenges using a customized version of allourideas.org.
The first Governador Pergunta collected about 1,300 proposal and 120,000 votes on the topic of improving public health. Building on that success, the second Governador Pergunta focused on traffic safety, a major problem in Rio Grande do Sul, and it collected more than 2,000 proposals and 240,000 votes, culminating in a public meeting between the authors of the highest scoring proposal and Governor Genro.
I’ve helped many governments try to do public outreach with allourideas.org, and there are two features of Governador Pergunta that I find particularly impressive: the outreach and the accountability.