Coyote G. Brynum, owner of the Sci-Fi Lounge
If I had the power, I would elect game designers and video game engineers to restore true democracy and reinvent our system of government with fair and ethical, common-sense rules. Their primary tasks would be to eliminate the corrupting influences campaign-finance and corporate lobbying have in politics (especially Congress) by creating an official MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) style voter/candidate forum. They'd also to design a simplified tax-code with an user-friendly interface that allows taxpayers to chose which programs their tax dollars support, and with the help of artists and city planners, to develop community revitalization projects for able-bodied citizens seeking unemployment benefits to participate.

The voter/candidate forum would allow each citizen to have one avatar that can participate in the online virtual world of politics. Discuss issues, track political news and protest without the pepper spray. Candidates would debate and challenge each other to a variety of games in a Player Vs. Player zone. The entire system would be policed by an independent fact checker, so anyone spouting misinformation would lose points and power-ups through their avatar, and be immediately corrected by a Gilbert Gottfried icon via pop-up bubble.

The community revitalization projects would blend elements of Habitat For Humanity and social-media games like Farmville. Taxpayers can nominate public-improvement projects or request help for private home repair projects based on need. Out-of-work individuals would earn unemployment benefits by rebuilding their local communities.

Autumn Wiggins
Kholood Eid
Autumn Wiggins
Sam Kogos
Kholood Eid
Sam Kogos
Hedy Epstein
Kholood Eid
Hedy Epstein
Mimi Le Yu
Kholood Eid
Mimi Le Yu
Tef Poe
Kholood Eid
Tef Poe

Game designers have a way of developing rules that are fair and fun. Imagine: If an idea doesn't work, instead of new legislation, we could just fix it with a patch update. Social media is a powerful tool for rallying people and ideas, but it is not an end-all. We also need to make it easier for people to want to help one another.

The Revolution will not be commercialized.


Mimi Le Yu, burlesque dancer
I would abolish reality television so folks can enjoy the reality around them. Turn off the TV and go see a band, check out a show, take in the art and life around you instead of living vicariously through folks doing cool stuff on TV.


Nikki Furrer, owner of Pudd'nhead Books
St. Louis County gave over $5 billion to big-box stores — they build the biggest strip mall in west county, and no economic growth came from it. If they gave that money to independent businesses of all kinds, I think we'd see some definite economic growth and have some interesting things to do.

And ban all jeggings.


Tef Poe, hip-hop artist
In 2012 I would like to see St. Louisians unite over more than just baseball. Our city lacks unity and is one of the most segregated cities in the nation. We are a Midwestern town with a 1960s type of Southern mentality when it comes to segregation. We have portions of our city that have been devastated by white flight. Everyone was insanely excited about the Cardinals winning the World Series. Most of the people doing back flips over our team being in the limelight technically don't even live in St. Louis.

I'd also really like to see us take a realistic approach to racial profiling and discrimination. A while ago I was working for the mayor, canvassing to stop a certain proposition from passing. Long story short, while I was in Mayor Slay's neighborhood someone called the police on me simply for being black. A few months later the U. City police department had me facedown on the ground with guns to my head. I wasn't charged with any crime, nor was I arrested. We lack unity as a city, so any form of discrimination and profiling seems to flourish here. Everybody loves everybody during baseball season. Yet when the season ends, it's back to Chesterfield, where my neighbors are all white, and I feel safe. I love St. Louis, but it's time for us to become a racially progressive city.


Jane Birdsall-Lander, artist and poet
I always have the same hope for St. Louis which is that contentious as well as unspoken negative race relations become a moot point and that everyone join together to make St. Louis the best it can be on all fronts. I believe the elephant in the room in terms of St. Louis being able to move forward is the issue of race.


Jason Deem, owner of Nebula Coworking and South Side Spaces
Instead of using public funds for mega-projects like Paul McKee's NorthSide development — which are high risk and have a long history of failure — provide smaller incentives for independent businesses, developers, artists and creative projects such as Cementland that are low risk and help encourage the diversity of architecture, local businesses and arts that make St. Louis a unique city.

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