by David Colarusso - February 16th, 2008
Admittedly, I’ve been a little absent on the blogging front lately, but since returning to the states I’ve taken on three jobs and what seems like an endless number of committee appointments at school. However, one of them is getting me some recognition. My partners and I over at 10questions.com are up for a Golden Dot Award for Poli-Tech Innovator of the Year. The voting is open to the public, and I’d really appreciate your vote (second to last category).
Vote here: http://polc.ipdi.org/GoldenDots/voting.htm
Here’s the lowdown:
Ending days before the Iowa caucuses and garnering participation from then leading candidates, including Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee, 10questions.com was the first truly people-powered forum for the 2008 presidential candidates. We allowed the public to post and vote on questions for the candidates. Candidates answered the top ten, and the public then voted on whether or not these replies actually addressed the questions.
10questions proved a valuable proof of principle, establishing viewer-chosen questions, not just viewer-produced questions, as a legitimate means of candidate interaction, and produced a good amount of earned media including coverage in Wired and the San Francisco Chronicle among many other print and digital outlets such as the political blogs of both the Washington Post and New York Times. Furthermore the participation of first-tier candidates in this format helped demonstrate such a structure’s ability to compel meaningful answers from the candidates.