FG Try Crowdsourcing Policy

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Fine Gael have today have “stood down” the party website for 3 to 4 weeks and replaced it with a crowd-sourcing site to ask the people of Ireland their view on what the Parties policies should be.

In an email to members launching the “new” site leader Enda Kenny had this to say:

Fine Gael want to invite people from all walks of life to join with us and help build our plans and ideas for the country.  We are particularly interested in your ideas on how we can clear the barriers to employment and how we can get people back to work.

To help this process Fine Gael has decided to set aside the Party website for three to four weeks and replace it with a facility for the public to contribute their ideas and thoughts on jobs, the economy, politics, the health service, and other issues.

Too often, political parties and politicians talk too much and don’t listen to what the people have to say.  It is important, now, more than ever, that the political system and politicians listen to what the Irish public have to say.

Therefore, Fine Gael will spend the coming weeks of the New Year listening to your ideas ahead of the General Election. Please visit the website at www.FineGael.ie to share your thoughts and views with us, and spread the word to your friends, family, and anyone you think would like to share their views.

I am not sure what to make of it. The party has recently released loads of policies and they now void? Also the character limit of 250 characters is a bit low considering what you are asking people or should “txt spk” be used?

There is of course a video to go with it!

Enda Kenny from Fine Gael on Vimeo.

I wonder where they will go for here? And how will this work in Ireland? Its going to an experimental election I think.

PS the old website is still here

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Author: Stephen

Cork born and bred, proud European and Irishman. Involved in many organisations and politics. Also writes for SpirtualityIreland.org and UCC Express.

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