Ideas for Change 2010: how you can help!

Ideas for Change in America is a crowd-sourcing competition that empowers citizens to identify and build momentum around the most innovative ideas for addressing challenges our country faces.

The 10 most popular ideas will be presented at an event in Washington, DC to relevant members of the Obama Administration, and will subsequently mobilize its full community to support a series of grassroots campaigns to turn each idea into reality.

Ideas for Change in America page

Thomas Nephew’s We’re Number 5! We’re Number 5! and Time to celebrate! recount Get FISA Right’s excellent performance in last year’s competition. Yay us! We also wound up with some great new allies, including and the Dream Activists.

This year, there are a couple of ideas already submitted:

Last year we got 2171 votes in the first round, and has grown since then so we should probably be shooting for at least 2500.  How to get there from here?  Co-promoting with BORDC is a no-brainer first step.  What else?

Some of the ideas that worked well last year:

  • email and Facebook message blasts to our Facebook groups (need to be careful not to do too much of this on Facebook)
  • a guest post on’s Criminal Justice blog.  we might be able to arrange this again — and possibly also a guest post on the Immigration blog specifically on how the Patriot Act and FISA target immigrants
  • a mailing from
  • a mention on
  • blog posts by whoever has blogs, preferrably embedding the widget
  • detailed instructions on how to sign up to  this was a really challenging task for a lot of people last year, so good instructions probably make a 10% difference.

Yeah, we should try to do all of that.   Is there anybody who can take the lead on various topics — e.g., outreach to Bob Fertik at,or approaching the Criminal Justics blog?  If so, please let us know in today’s call or in the comments.

And what else should we be doing?

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