Using RapGenius for Springboro Teache...

Using RapGenius for Springboro Teacher's Contract Negotiations

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“Civic Innovation Designer”

Since: Mar 11

Springboro, Ohio

#1 Jun 3, 2013
What is RapGenius?

RapGenius is a song lyrics website that allows fans and artists to collaborate on their meanings. The site’s unique and irreverent approach to knowledge building attracts nearly 10 million views each month, including verified accounts for artists such as Nas and The RZA.

What does this have to do with contract proposals?

While the majority of the website focuses on song lyrics, contributors have begun adding different types of content such as poetry, news articles, letters, and novels. This has prompted the founders to explore business-to-business opportunities for their knowledge building engine, which attracted the inventor of the Internet’s first web browser Marc Andreessen to invest $15 million in RapGenius.

Christopher Ritter, a Springboro resident and Idea Designer at LexisNexis, is the first to use the RapGenius platform for contact negotiations. After many days of transcribing the contract released by the Springboro Board of Education, the full text along with the proposals from the Board and the Springboro Education Association is now available in a format which allows the community to directly interact with the document.

How will this impact the negotiation process?

At the moment we’re seeing our community being divided along familiar lines, with one side showing their support for our teachers and the other for the Board. While both sides have made some effort to explain the general ideas behind the changes they’re proposing, the negotiation process is currently on the verge of collapse, which will ultimately limit the number of ideas to improve our local school system.

Opening the contract negotiations with the community affords representatives and educational experts the opportunity to explain the impact of the proposals in plain English. This not only applies to the two sides currently involved in the debate, but anyone with a good idea to improve Springboro schools. The community can thumb up or down any proposal in order to show the negotiation teams exactly what the community wants for our schools.


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