What should we do to the candidates in 2012?

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.

Over to you Rioters.

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

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pirate_taco pirate_taco 1:21 pm 02 Jul 12

astrojax said :

what was your bullet, taco?

I answered true to “It is foolish to believe in God without certain, irrevocable proof that God exists.”

pierce pierce 11:57 am 02 Jul 12

Voight-Kampff tests all round

p1 p1 11:52 am 02 Jul 12

Put them in a car for a drive around a pre determined route on a variety of roads. Have the speedo covered, and score them on their ability to stay within 10km/h of the speed limit without exceeding it.

Or

Challenge them to walk from one end of civic to the other without being stopped by a chugger?

Walker Walker 11:10 pm 01 Jul 12

Will there be mafioso contractors? (I know they’re not all like that but to make it realistic you gotta have a few). Also a bar meter that measures people’s reactions to having a civic square absolutely overrun with sculptures.

astrojax astrojax 4:58 pm 29 Jun 12

what was your bullet, taco?

pirate_taco 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 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. 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 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 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 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. Ko. 12:44 pm 29 Jun 12

Engage year 9 debating teams in policy debate as practice.

FioBla FioBla 12:11 pm 29 Jun 12

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

chewy14 chewy14 12:02 pm 29 Jun 12

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

fnaah fnaah 11:31 am 29 Jun 12

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

pirate_taco 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 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 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 wrigbe 10:17 am 29 Jun 12

How about their vision of Canberra built in Lego blocks

enrique 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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