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What should we do to the candidates in 2012?

By johnboy - 29 June 2012 33

In 2008 we had some fun with the sim challenge where we made prospective candidates play Sim City for an hour to get a feeling for their priorities.

It worked quite well, but things change a lot in the course of four years.

So with the election being the responsibility of Editorial Resource Number 2 (to be determined) (as I sun myself in Indonesian resorts with the filthy internet lucre) I figured we’d throw it out to the RiotACT hive mind as to what would be a good activity to get prospective candidates engaged with.

(Above is Speaker Shane Rattenbury’s shot at the title)

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33 Responses to
What should we do to the candidates in 2012?
pirate_taco 4:31 pm 29 Jun 12

fnaah said :

Okay, so public execution may not actually be allowed (spoilsports….), so how about a public scrutiny of their capacity to think rationally?

Get them in front of an internets machine, and point them at these quick (but highly entertaining and thought provoking) questionnaires:

Battleground God: (determines whether your beliefs about god [or lack thereof] are logically consistent)

http://www.philosophersnet.com/games/god.php

You took zero direct hits and you bit 1 bullets. The average player of this activity to date takes 1.37 hits and bites 1.09 bullet. 555426 people have so far undertaken this activity.

Philosophical Health Check: (identifies contrary or inconsistent ideals/morals)

http://www.philosophersnet.com/games/check.php

Tension Quotient = 13%

astrojax 4:20 pm 29 Jun 12

get them to nominate their favourite coffee purveyor and then a team of voters (perhaps i might participate, on the public purse, of course!) could then go test the veracity of these claims..?

or a pinata. s/he who collects the most sweets is the winner and we all vote for her/him…

Ko. 3:52 pm 29 Jun 12

The startup picture on the youtube video makes Shane Rattenbury look like the Man from red room in Twin Peaks.

fnaah 3:13 pm 29 Jun 12

Okay, so public execution may not actually be allowed (spoilsports….), so how about a public scrutiny of their capacity to think rationally?

Get them in front of an internets machine, and point them at these quick (but highly entertaining and thought provoking) questionnaires:

Battleground God: (determines whether your beliefs about god [or lack thereof] are logically consistent)

http://www.philosophersnet.com/games/god.php

Philosophical Health Check: (identifies contrary or inconsistent ideals/morals)

http://www.philosophersnet.com/games/check.php

chewy14 2:06 pm 29 Jun 12

Ko. said :

Engage year 9 debating teams in policy debate as practice.

Whoa!!!! hold your horses there…..You might as well ask them to land a man on Mars while you’re at it.

willo 1:33 pm 29 Jun 12

Paintball challenge
candidates vs a team of voters
but the voters team should have real guns and live ammunition
I volunteer to captain the voters team

Ko. 12:44 pm 29 Jun 12

Engage year 9 debating teams in policy debate as practice.

FioBla 12:11 pm 29 Jun 12

They have to stop the boats from reaching Canberra’s coastline.

chewy14 12:02 pm 29 Jun 12

Get them each to make their own piece of public art.

fnaah 11:31 am 29 Jun 12

What should you do to them? String them all up as a warning, I say.

pirate_taco 11:10 am 29 Jun 12

Primal said :

LOLcat-themed policy announcements. Can they stick to their key messages whilst reaching out via the lingua franca of (the sillier parts of) the internet?

I can haz open governmentz?

PantsMan 11:08 am 29 Jun 12

Given the state of our economy and public finances, maybe get them to fill out a BAS statement in one hour?

Primal 10:19 am 29 Jun 12

LOLcat-themed policy announcements. Can they stick to their key messages whilst reaching out via the lingua franca of (the sillier parts of) the internet?

wrigbe 10:17 am 29 Jun 12

How about their vision of Canberra built in Lego blocks

enrique 10:00 am 29 Jun 12

Get them to play Sid Meyer’s Railroads! (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sid_Meier%27s_Railroads! )

This will see how they handle the issues of light rail and bullet trains – both very topical in the upcoming election…

http://www.bullettrainforcanberra.com
http://www.actlightrail.info

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