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Please Vote for My Idea for the Obama Administration! by The Humanitarian Blog is sponsoring a competition whereby anyone can post an idea for making America better. The ten ideas that receive the most votes will be presented to Barack Obama on Inauguration Day.

I initially promised that I’d go away after graduating, but I think that I might pop back in every now and then if the occasion’s right. =)

So, here’s the deal: is sponsoring a competition whereby anyone can post an idea for making America better. The ten ideas that receive the most votes will be presented to Barack Obama on Inauguration Day. They’ll also receive the support of a national lobbying campaign run by, MySpace, and more than a dozen high-profile NGOs. In short, the ten winning ideas have a real chance of being implemented.

All you have to do is go here and click on the “Vote” icon in the top left-hand corner. My idea needs 100 votes to make it to the second round, and the deadline for voting in the first round is December 31st.

I’d greatly appreciate your taking a few seconds to cast your vote and bring my idea closer to becoming one of the Obama administration’s priorities!

14 responses to “Please Vote for My Idea for the Obama Administration!”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I can’t find your idea. What’s it called?

  2. Ali says:

    Hi, Anonymous #2.

    It’s called “Establish a ‘Global Challenges Wikipedia’ to Empower Problem Solvers.” Here’s the link:



  3. Anonymous says:

    It could be bad that it is done on a popular basis, because a lot of people have no clue of what’s going on in the world and if a ton of people vote for something stupid, it could end up hurting the administration

  4. Pranav says:

    My thoughts go with you. We need change…

  5. Anon says:

    I voted. =)
    Creating an account is a minor irritant. And I didn’t really read it. I did read the comments though. Those managed to convince me to vote. =P

  6. Ali says:

    Hi, Anonymous #4.

    As Anon said, you first have to create an account at

    Once you’ve registered, just visit

    Here’s the description of my idea:


    There are practically an infinite number of players who’re trying to solve pressing challenges like climate change and global poverty. There’s a big problem, though – there’s no framework in place that allows them to collaborate effectively. Here’s how we can establish it:

    FIRST, identify which players should be involved in addressing a given challenge. Sometimes it’s easy to tell. Take climate change, for example – it’s universally acknowledged that big powers like the US and emerging powers like China need to cooperate. Development issues such as income inequality, however, require many players to coordinate. International institutions can contribute economic assistance and expertise. Governments can implement large-scale, high-impact policies. NGOs can implement ideas at the level of the neighborhood or village and scale up the ones that work. And, of course, individuals on the ground can understand people’s daily struggles. Far too often, though, these players undermine rather than help each other.

    Why? Sometimes they’re unaware of each other, meaning that they replicate each other’s efforts and waste precious resources. When they are aware of each other, however, they tend to compete rather than collaborate – egos clash. Now take these difficulties and map them onto thousands of linked development challenges. The haphazard nature of this process suggests that our SECOND task is to establish a “global challenges Wikipedia” that describes, for every challenge, what successes and failures have occurred, what steps need to be taken, and what coordinated steps players can take to do so.

    Facilitating this collaboration would not only improve efficiency. It would also allow those who are suffering to wean themselves off of continued intervention and become their own agents of change. Empowering them in this way is our THIRD, most important priority.

    Let’s take these steps together. Let’s make something amazing happen.




  7. Ali says:

    Hi, Anon.

    Thanks so much for your vote! I just need 27 more votes to move on to the second round.



  8. I don’t suppose the “idea” of him reviewing history to see that the majority of his policies have been tried and failed would be too popular?

  9. anonymous says:

    The link to your idea doesn’t work. It would be nice if you explained your idea on this site.

  10. Pranav says:

    Even though you are currently on the 3rd position, your idea has more acceleration than the ones above you. They were submitted way before you did. Keep going!!!!!!!

  11. AK says:

    I am in the 1st year of a college in India.Can I apply both as a freshman and as a transfer student?I ask this because I really wish to restart at MIT.If that is not possible now,then I will apply as a transfer student.
    Please reply.

  12. Dhvanit says:

    I guess you can apply only through one of the means. Your take.. Go for freshman if you want.. better admission rates!

  13. sepideh says:

    thanks for your explanation ali it really enlightened me and i really liked it, sooo i vote for YOU wink