This new citizens' initiative is a plan to change Washington's mindset. Just like the pioneers of the Washington run rushed into this new territory to stake out their claim on land, 100 Ideas will encourage modern pioneers to stake out new and innovative ideas for the state's future. The 100 Ideas initiative will change the way business is done at the State Capitol. Instead of legislation originating only from lobbyists, special interests and government employees, this initiative seeks ideas from the private sector and from citizens across the great state of Washington. Once the initiative is complete, the top 100 ideas will be published in a book and presented to the Washington?s elected officials.
Becoming a part of the 100 Ideas initiative is easy. Those wishing to get involved can attend an IdeaRaiser, inquire about scheduling an IdeaRaiser by emailing us at email@example.com or visiting the 100 Ideas website to interact and submit ideas.
Most people are familiar with fundraisers for politicians or charities. We've taken that concept and applied it to the world of ideas. IdeaRaisers will be held to discuss and create bold ideas. Through a series of town hall meetings and interaction with the state's citizens, the initiative will develop a comprehensive vision as Washington moves into the next century of statehood. After the IdeaRaising is complete, the best 100 ideas from across the state will be published in a book and will establish a blueprint for the future of this great state.
Anyone can schedule an IdeaRaiser. Schedulers should secure a date, time and location. Then information about the IdeaRaiser should be submitted to the 100 Ideas website. It may prove helpful to outline a topic or specific area of interest that will be discussed at the IdeaRaiser. Event organizers should collect contact information for participants in order to get in touch with them if needed.
When writing bold ideas for Washington's future, some fundamental principles should be kept in mind.
- First, the ideas should be relevant to day-to-day life.
- Second, every idea should be about the future. They should not just make Washington a better place to live and work today, but also a better place to live and work well into the future.
- Third, no idea should unnecessarily expand the role of government. While government services provide vital needs in many cases, government alone is not the answer for the challenges and opportunities Washington faces. There are too many instances of government letting people down, failing, or trapping them in a cycle of dependency. Washington's people and hardworking families can achieve solutions for our state.