Improving We The People

The White House recently launched We The People, a new e-petition tool that we believe can be an incredibly powerful way for the American people to express their ideas to the government. This feedback site is a place for those of us who care about creating a participatory and deliberative society to offer ideas and recommendations for the White House to ensure that We The People (a) incorporates a meaningful, transparent, healthy policy process for integrating public input, and (b) includes the functionality, usability, and design that can best enable the considered preferences of the American people to be heard.

Everyone is invited to post suggestions here on this feedback site for how to improve the White House’s petition process.

In response to a request from the WeThePeople team at the White House, we will summarize the results of this forum for them. We are in the process of generating a final document that will be signed off on by the convening organizations (and hopefully others) and shared with the White House.

We will request feedback from the White House on the usefulness of our recommendations as well as their implementation, and will share that information with you.

Convening Organizations: AmericaSpeaks, National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD), International Association for Public Participation—USA (IAP2 USA), Deliberative Democracy Consortium (DDC), Open Forum Foundation.

How can the White House's e-petition website and process be improved?

You've used all your votes and won't be able to post a new idea, but you can still search and comment on existing ideas.

There are two ways to get more votes:

  • When an admin closes an idea you've voted on, you'll get your votes back from that idea.
  • You can remove your votes from an open idea you support.
  • To see ideas you have already voted on, select the "My feedback" filter and select "My open ideas".
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