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Structured brainstorming – suggest ideas and projects for the Taskforce

2009 September 4
by Peter Alexander [Taskforce Secretariat]

To some, the title of this post will sound like an oxymoron. Traditionally, offline brainstorming normally occurs in a conference room, with lots of butcher’s paper, whiteboard markers, sticky notes and a degree of chaos. The problem with this approach, however, is that it does not scale.

For those who have attempted to collate hundreds, even thousands of responses to consultations, making sense of these submissions can be expensive and time-consuming, with little transparency of the methods involved.

Fortunately, technology has come to our aid.

Ever since our first post, we’ve been receiving feedback about additional tools that we could use to receive your ideas and suggestions. From today, as Mia Garlick told you was coming, we’ll start using our very own IdeaScale page to capture those ideas and allow others to vote them up and down.

And if you are thinking why are they adding something else to the mix – isn’t this confusing – we hope not – and we are meeting one of our aims which is to try things out and see how they roll.

If you want to enter the competition you will need to give us a valid email address by setting up an IdeaScale account. You can do this by following the instructions below from the terms and conditions:

To create an IdeaScale account, click on the “New Idea” button on the IdeaScale page, then enter your preferred email address and choose the “No, I am a new user” option. You will then be prompted to enter a password of your choice. After doing so and clicking on “Sign Up”, your account will be created.

Your username will be publicly displayed on IdeaScale as the first part of the email address used to create the account (everything before the “@” symbol). The second part of your email address (everything after the “@” symbol) will not be publicly visible, and we will not share it with anyone. Using a pseudonymous email account will not affect the judging of your entry to the competition.

Our first category of ideas will be suitably open-ended…


Reading through the submissions to the issues paper, we’ve observed some fascinating, and occasionally recurring, proposals for Government 2.0 projects. Now that submissions have closed, we’d like to hear what you think of others’ project ideas.

Alternatively, if you weren’t able to make a detailed submission to the response, you may want to propose a new project idea (one or two sentences is often enough), or vote others’ project ideas up or down.

When adding a new idea to the “brainstorming” category, we’d encourage you to consider answering the question:

“How can the Government 2.0 Taskforce best meet its Terms of Reference?”

Category Prize

The Taskforce will select the best brainstorming ideas and award cash prizes of $1000. The best ideas may even become projects that the Taskforce will pursue and if we do we may give the person who made the idea first chance to undertake the project.

Entries for the competition are due by 5pm September 20, although after that we’ll leave the IdeaScale page open and running for continued discussion and participation.

Note that all submissions will be subject to the IdeaScale Competition Terms and Conditions.

Visit Government 2.0 Taskforce Ideas – Brainstorming

3 Responses
  1. 2009 September 4
    Craig thomler permalink

    Great idea – Peter can you please confirm who is and is not eligible for the prizes.

    • 2009 September 4


      Everyone is eligible for prizes.

      We do say in the terms and conditions that:

      “Public sector agencies and agency teams can enter the Brainstorming competition. If a public sector agency or team wins a prize in the brainstorming competition a donation will be made to a charity of that team’s choice.”

      But if you enter as an individual you are eligible for the cash.



  2. 2009 September 7

    I’ve changed the details above about leaving your email address because we’ve changed the way our IdeaScale page is set up – now you’ll have to create an IdeaScale account to enter the competition. See my new post for details – or see the part of the terms and conditions about IdeaScale accounts.

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