Here is a rough idea for a coding session at Participation Camp.
- Context: Democracy is based on geography.
- Problem: It is difficult to quickly identity and connect with other people interested in the "participation" movement.
- Goal: Accelerate the movement of those who want to use the Internet/social media/mobile technology to improve civic participation/government transparency/community building in their neighborhood, city, state and/or country.
- Solution: Encourage people to simply list themselves on a map and list (placing those providing links to their Twitter/Facebook/Blog/etc. at the top) to enable organic city by city, state by state, and country by country (will work well in small countries) "who's who" lists.
Participation Squared - A simple pledge with results displayed.
1. (Google) Map of People So Far Link to public listing sorted by geographic hierarchy/placename.
2. Pledge: I believe in participation* online. From my local community to my country, let's build a movement.
- City: (required)
- Country: (required)
- E-mail: (required) (will not be displayed)**
- Postal/Zipcode: (will not be displayed)
Add links to your listing:
- Twitter handle:
- Facebook profile:
- Your blog/website:
- Friend Feed:
3. Use MySociety Gaze's tool to verify the geographic placename. Based on the place name, place a peg on the city (not someone's address) for the world map of who has signed up.
4. Tell A Friend - Tweet a Friend
Draft E-mail Use Text
- E-Democracy.Org will not publicly post nor share your e-mail address publicly. Once 25 people in your local city sign the pledge, you will be notified via e-mail and given the opportunity to use various online tools to further connect. Announcements about upcoming participation/transparency/e-democracy "unconferences" and other online groups hosted by partnering organizations will be shared by state or country when possible.