February 05, 2007 posting from Ross Mayfield's blog.
In an email, Representative Steve Urquhart noted to me:
Mayfield is CEO and co-founder of Socialtext, an enterprise wiki software company.
February 13, 2007 NewAssignment.net posting titled
To bolster his new effort at interaction and transparency, Urquhart posted his school voucher bill in its entirety on Politicopia before he distributed it to his colleagues in the Utah House. Soon the page expanded with pro and con sections with findings from states like Vermont and Wisconsin accompanied by a section for comments, as wel as links to news articles about the bill.
“For six years we’ve been chasing our tail on this bill, and today the bill passed in very large part because of Politicopia. When private dialogue was made public, the main area of criticism was publicly revealed to be fictitious,” Urquhart told WebProNews in an email.
Beyond the voucher page on the wiki, other pages exist for legislation about college tuition for illegal immigrants, payday lending, and other issues facing the state legislature.In writing about the brief history of Politicopia, Urquhart boasts that “One week into the experiment, Politicopia is working. Citizens are participating and citizens are being heard. Legislators are talking to me about things they’ve read on Politicopia. Because of input I received, I have changed a position I’ve held for years. Already, citizens are using Politicopia to shape the debate.”