Change.org, MySpace Solicit Ideas For Change
The two are teaming up to launch "Ideas for Change in America," a grassroots effort to help shape the agenda of the incoming Obama Administration. To that end, dedicated sites have been set up at Change.org, an online hub for social activism, and MySpace, where people can submit ideas for change on any major issue.
The campaign is supported by more than a dozen groups involved in this year's record voter turnout, including Declare Yourself, Student PIRGs, Voto Latino, HeadCount, techPresident and the Sunlight Foundation.
Participants will also be able to vote on which are the best ideas via a Digg-like system. Prior to Inauguration Day, the 10 highest-rated ideas will be delivered to a representative of the Obama Administration and Change.org, and MySpace will announce a formal nonprofit sponsor for each idea.
The sponsoring organizations will then launch campaigns to help mobilize support from millions of people on both sites to ensure that each top idea gets full consideration from the next President and the 111th Congress.
Earlier this month, Obama set up Change.gov to provide a window on developments during the transition and allow people to share their own stories and ideas on changing the country.
But the new site does not allow voters to "publicly express their own ideas for how the Obama Administration should advance change or to collaborate in the ways they had become accustomed to during the campaign," according to a statement announcing the Change.org-MySpace partnership.