Tag Archives: democracy

save the sea kittens!

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I’m not entirely sure whether this is brilliance or insanity (or both), but Peta is starting a movement to rename fish “sea kittens.” “Nobody would hurt a Sea Kitten,” according to their site, which encourages visitors to petition the US Fish and Wildlife services to stop promoting the hunting of the little creatures.

Something’s Sea Kitten-ey here..

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change.gov

change.gov

This was never intended to be a Barack Obama fan-blog (there are certainly enough of them already), but President Elect Obama has, less than 24 hours after claiming victory, proven once again that he understands the power of design and technology with a website worthy of blogging.

From change.gov:

“Throughout the Presidential Transition Project, this website will be your source for the latest news, events, and announcements so that you can follow the setting up of the Obama Administration. And just as this historic campaign was, from the beginning, about you — the transition process will offer you opportunities to participate in redefining our government.”

Along with the standard blog, newsroom, career applications, and informational sections, change.gov also has a forum in which visitors can share their experiences and vision for the future, a feature quite unique to a political page. There’s no suggestion of how these messages may be filtered up, unfortunately, but with so many people with so many ideas, I can’t imagine they will go to waste. Here’s a rough draft of my vision:

“I imagine a trip to the DMV as easy as shopping at an Apple Store, a voter registration form as easy to fill out as a Facebook message. I envision a government that’s as accessible as eBay, where anyone can participate and everyone benefits. I hope for a government of the people, by the people, for the people, and with the people. A government that is in touch with today, with a deeper understanding of yesterday and tomorrow. A government not afraid to take risks, and make change. A government that will take action in Sudan, and invest in green-tech. A government that won’t shy away from international commitments, but will also work to repair the growing divide here at home. I hope for continued hope, progress and change.”

Needs some work, I know, but it’s a start.

vote for change(ing the voter registration form)

I spent all morning yesterday registering new voters, and even after 4 hours of reviewing the same form, I still didn’t completely understand it. Way to go, US Government.

Should’ve known that Obama and his (brilliant) designers had a solution. Vote for Change, an incredibly intuitive, simple and beautiful page, makes it easy to register to vote, request an absentee ballot, change your address, or check the status of an earlier registration.

Although it’s doubtful that Obama’s understanding of the power of design would trickle down to the more mundane things like voter registration forms, it’d still be a relief to have someone who “gets it” in office…