21st Century Democracy Tech Ideation, Continued

  • March 5, 2012 · 6:00 PM
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A short, focused follow-up around key topics covered in our first meeting:

  1. We need to build communities. Community means showing each other we care.
    • Don't recreate the social graph. Avoid the echo chamber of social media; instead, give voters a positive feedback loop. Voters who feel they belong will want to opt into messaging.
  2. People need to be educated. But they also want to know 'what's in it for me.'
    • Issues can be powerful motivators. Any individual's concern can be elevated to an issue that the community can embrace.
    • In a world of fragmented tools, we need to provide consistency and ubiquity while not forgetting that people are rewards oriented and find context through geography.
  3. Politicians also need to be educated and engaged. One way to do that is to allow voters to rate them.
  4. Many approaches look like a parallel, "sunshine" government. Own the .gov. Create a Wikipedia. Support Open Congress. The objective is to tailor government to the individual, ending decades of trying to train the individual to fit government.
    • Press needs to be involved from the start in order to amplify our efforts.

We will also review outcomes from conversations going on the Meetup discussions page around topics including:

  • What are the tools that can help us accomplish these four things?
  • What tools exist that can help us accomplish some of these things?
  • How can we aggregate them?
  • Can we identify primary tools, data sets and other building blocks that we may want to target for a hackathon?

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  • Joseph Lorenzo H.

    Good people, good progress on a challenging topic!

    March 6, 2012

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    A former member

    I was very impressed with the group of high-caliber people who attended this meetup. There were experts in media, law, politics, grassroots activism, and voting who spoke articulately and passionately about the matter at hand.

    March 6, 2012

  • Jonathan A.

    Excellent. Art and Aliza are wonderful hosts and discussion sherpa.

    March 6, 2012

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