improved csv files

Many users of allourideas want to download their own data and run their own analysis.  We’ve now made this process even easier with some back-end improvements to how we create the csv files.  These changes are now live on the site, and have been incorporated in version 3.3.1 of allourideas.org and version 3.2.0 of the pairwise-api.

For more information about downloading your own data, please read our documentation about the csv files.

The Governor asks … again

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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.

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UN Global Sustainability Report 2013


We are happy to announce that the United Nations Division for Sustainable Development is using allourideas.org to solicit ideas from scientists around the world for the 2013 UN Global Sustainability Report.  The report will attempt to summarize the scientific perspectives on sustainable development, as well as provide key insights from previous policy efforts.  Because sustainable development is challenge that is global in scale, the UN has been working hard to get input from scientists around the world.  Through a series of expert consultations, hundreds of scientists have already contributed to the report in some way.  Yet, despite these efforts, there are still many talented, creative scientists who have not been able to participate due to the inherent limitations of face-to-face meetings for massive collaboration.

In an effort to reach more social and natural scientists and to potentially find new and innovative ideas, the UN created a series of wiki surveys with questions such as:

The UN is hoping that social and natural scientists from all over the world will participate here.

cookies

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When you visit allourideas.org or use our widget, we place cookies in your web browser.  Cookies are small pieces of information that are stored in your browser, and they help us understand how people are using our site.  Cookies are very common on the web, and we are not doing anything unusual or creepy with our cookies (you can read our privacy and consent policy for more detailed information).   In this post, I’d like to explain why we use cookies; what happens if we cannot set cookies in your browser; and what you can do if you are blocked from voting because of a cookie problem.

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new york city parks

We are happy to announce that the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation has launched a project using allourideas.org as part of their community outreach during the redesign of the Rockaways Parks.  One aspect of their outreach that is particularly interesting is that they have created wiki surveys by topic (e.g., shoreline protection, recreation, etc.) and by location (e.g., between Beach 57th Street and Beach 90th Street).  We expect that this flexible approach will lead to better feedback from the public.

The Parks Department’s effort with the Rockaways builds on one of their earlier projects using allourideas.org for public outreach during the creation of the 2030 master plan for the parks in Northern Manhattan.