You can also help everyone else out by participating in the Open Government Initiative, which is all about real grassroots democracy.
President Obama issued a Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government in which he called for recommendations on making the government more transparent, participatory, and collaborative.
From the start, the White House Open Government Initiative has
approached the crafting of these recommendations in an open fashion. An
initial Brainstorming phase in late May asked you to identify topics
for the recommendations. In the Discussion phase in early June, you
explored those topics in greater depth.
Today, we ask you to work together to draft recommendations that
translate good ideas and lofty principles into specific actions that
can be taken to achieve open government. This Drafting Phase invites
you to collaborate on creating recommendations for open government
policy using a web-based wiki tool.
Recommendations should be concise, specific, and actionable, addressing:
Who? – Who is being directed to do what?
What? – What is the recommendation designed to achieve?
Why? – Why is it important?
How? – How will success be measured?
These recommendations will inform the drafting of an “Open Government Directive” to Executive Branch agencies.