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The OBAMA Administration Gets The Social Movement

by Anthony J. Bradley  |  January 15, 2009  |  4 Comments

As I had expected (and hoped), President Elect Obama is employing social software to get the people involved in government. They have launched an idea engine to gather the best ideas the public has to offer for presentation to the president, as they say, in a briefing book like he gets from his named advisors. Who determines the best ideas? We do, by voting and adding to the idea.

This is crowdsourcing, wisdom of the crowds, out-of-the-box, law of numbers, thinking applied to government. I will follow it to see how it goes.

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Anthony J. Bradley
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Anthony J. Bradley is a group vice president in Gartner Research responsible for the research content that Gartner publishes through its three internet businesses (, and These responsibilities include creating and leading the research organization and infrastructure needed for the strategy formulation, planning, research, creation, editing, production and distribution of the content. He has four global teams of highly talented people who are advancing towards the world's greatest destination for content on how small businesses succeed through information technology.

Thoughts on The OBAMA Administration Gets The Social Movement

  1. Do not be mistaken: running for office is different from being in office and bright crowdsourcing ideas do take a different spin. This is a very interesting intiiative indeed, but I do not think anybody in the new administration has put much thought (or shared, if they did) about how this would complement or clash with the established processes of representative democracy. For instance, how can one be sure about the online idea voting process not to be skewed by lobbyists and interest groups? I will soon blog about this.

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  4. Anthony Bradley says:

    Running for office is surely different than governing but that doesn’t mean that you can’t be successful in using social approaches with both. Sure it is a different opportunity with different requirements. I don’t think we should assume that because they were successful with campaigning that they won’t be with governing. Conversely, because they have done it successfully once, the chances of them doing it successfully twice are higher.

    If this idea engine gets “skewed by lobbyists and interest groups” then it will indeed compliment the existing system 🙂

    I hope it clashes!

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