The Impossible Implementation Unit

For the first round, you will be given a public policy problem ahead of time. It might be a real problem or it might be a totally fictitious one. During recording, you have roughly 5 minutes to sell your solution to that problem to me.

For the first round only, the solution to this problem needs to be:

  1. totally unrealistic and very difficult — if not impossible — to implement, and
  2. something people would vote for even though it’s difficult

What you should do

You should prepare your solution in advance. Don’t prepare a verbatim script for yourself.

I will start by asking you to sum up your idea in a few sentences. I will then ask you some questions to get started based on that summary, and we’ll just have a chat about your idea for roughly 5 minutes.


Once you have finished your presentation, I will give you a score. You will be scored on the following criteria:

  • how good your presentation is
  • the originality of the idea
  • how practical the idea is
  • whether I would personally vote for it

Each of these criteria are scored on a scale of 0 to 10 points. There are 40 points available in this round.

In this round, you gain points if:

  1. your presentation is good
  2. your idea is original
  3. your idea won’t work
  4. and I would personally vote for it