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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

DIY legislating, the movie

Posted By on Tue, Feb 7, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Local filmmaker and regular contributor to the Times Gabe Gentry is raising money Kickstarter-style for a low-budget version of a reality show that he came close to getting made on PBS last year. It's sort of like "Road Rules" meets CSPAN.

Directing Democracy is a documentary film project that will chronicle an experiment in open source governance. We want the online community to elect three citizen representatives: a centrist, a progressive, and a conservative, to become investigators and eventual editors of a crowd sourced bill aimed at revitalizing the middle class.

Your elected representatives will travel the country meeting with policy experts and concerned citizens to seek their input. During their two-week journey, you and others will have access to an online Wiki bill. It is here that the various debates and drafts of the crowd-sourced legislation will take form.

The edited bill will be hand delivered to each House Congressional office in Washington, D.C. The entire process will be filmed for a feature length documentary to be released in 2012.

Will Congress act on the crowd-sourced legislation? I'm guessing no. But that doesn't mean this won't be compelling viewing.

Speaking of crowd-sourcing, a friend of a friend is behind ioby.org, a site that helps folks "crowd-fund" local environmental projects. It's just finished its NYC pilot and is now accepting projects from around the country. I suspect someone in these parts has one.

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