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  2. Play the news report and try to fill in the blanks.
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Iceland Using Social Media to Rebuild Constitution

dateline: 21 June 2011

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • draft: to think about and write something
  • constitution: an official document that outlines the rules and principles of a government
  • adoption: the taking and following of someone else’s principles or rules
  • consult: to ask for someone’s opinion or idea before making a decision
  • unprecedented: never heard or seen before
  • crowdsource: to ask a large community or group of outside people to help complete a task
  • bill: a final draft of a proposed law or piece of documentation

Iceland Using Social Media to Rebuild Constitution
The government of Iceland has invited its to help draft a new constitution. Citizens can provide suggestions and feedback for the government social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Meetings related to the constitution have been streamed live so that citizens have full access to all of the decision making. The document was created in 1944, and was an adoption of the Danish . It has been revised seven times since then, and the Icelandic people were never consulted. People around the world have expressed interest and shown of this unprecedented example of crowdsourcing. The bill could be ready by the end of July.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What is Iceland’s government asking its citizens to do?
  2. Why does the report mention YouTube?
  3. What happened in 1944?

Discussion Question: Could you imagine your own country’s constitution being amended based on suggestions from social media users?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

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