Political reform website seeks Rails volunteers

From: Mark L.
Sent on: Tuesday, August 18, 2009 2:33 PM
We are two members of the Vancouver Ruby/Rails Meetup group (Mark Latham & Greg Moreno), working in a team of volunteers to build a new political reform website and organization.

The team: votermedia.org/about_contact
Example page: votermedia.org/communities/51-vancouver

Our goal is global reform of democracies and corporations, to reduce corruption and improve policies for the public benefit (e.g. climate change). The strategy is to let voters allocate funds to competing information providers. This creates a competitive market for public-interest voter information, which helps keep elected leaders more accountable to voters.

The concept explained:
- votermedia.org/faqs
- "Global Voter Media Platform" at votermedia.org/publications

We have made a lot of progress in developing and testing these ideas. Mark sponsored implementations in the 2007 and 2008 UBC student council elections. UBC students saw enough benefit to fund the system themselves in 2009, and are continuing into 2010.

For progress on the corporate reform side, see our "sister project" proxydemocracy.org, and Mark's recent appointment to the U.S. SEC Investor Advisory Committee (sec.gov/spotlight/investoradvisorycommittee.htm)

We plan to create a nonprofit organization to manage the website, with a board elected by users of the website. It's an open source project: git repository, to-do list etc at assembla.com/spaces/gvmp/tickets.

Current development priorities:
- add blog reader functions to community ballot
- complete website design overhaul -- graphics, look & feel, navigation, usability etc

It would be great to have some more help with Rails development and website design! To join us or find out more, please email mark[at]votermedia.org or phone (604) 806-0652.

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