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The Issues Forum model is quite sustainable, but scalability and extension is quite labor intensive. We need technology to assist our outreach and forum development process.

Here is the idea:

From our home page you can sign up to show your support/interest in participating online in your local community, then tell a friend.

The simple idea is to draw people, say one million people over a year, to this opportunity through a wide array of outreach activities, content, games, petitions, etc. and generate a "heat map" of interest in local e-democracy.

This geographically plotted interest map will allow us to partially automate the start up process for establishing new local e-democracy groups and Issues Forums as well as give us the intelligence we need to focus start-up resources from site visits to special organizer contact on areas with the most interest.

You are asked:

My name is (First Name Last Name) and I want to participate online in my local community. I live in ( )(city, state/region), ( ) (country).


Watch for a confirmation e-mail with tips on participating locally online in community issues.

Privacy statement here. You will be notified when a critical mass of people in your area join your pledge and given an opportunity to act.

After "Yes," then:

Help spread the word locally or to friends around the world.

Enter their e-mail addresses here:

( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( )


The data

  • Your name
  • Your City, Country Code
  • Your e-mail
  • |X| Yes, I want to support local democracy by participating in a local online forum on public issues for my community.

Possible solutions/elements:

We'd use the Gaze web service from MySociety (most likely) to determine a more exact local community and then create a GroupServer account for that person.

After the person presses ...


Here is another idea:

Global Survey on Local Democracy

The quest to find the 100 best and worst local democracies around the world.

Enter city, country:

Use GAZE to identitify actual place. Record.

Ask them three survey questions. Based on country present version in local language, with option to translate survey into their language. Launch with a dozen languages.

Question 1: Rate your local Mayor or Council Leader.

Question 2: Rate your local Council and elected officials.

Question 3: What should be done to improve your local community.

[ ] Share publicly

Tell me more...

[ ] Notify me of results when available or significantly updated.

[ ] I would like to discuss or read online discussions on issues in my community. (E-Democracy.Org Issues Forums)

[ ] I would like to start or take a pledge to take specific actions to improve my community. (PledgeBank)

If yes to any of the above, enter e-mail:

Help build a valid survey in your community and around the world, invite others to answer the survey:

Enter e-mail boxes

Results could be made available with 100 respondents in the community and update notifications sent every 500 or so.

Based on the "tell me more" submissions E-Democracy and mySociety will be able to use these opt-in lists for outreach.


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