Crowdsourcing of Constitutional drafting

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Crowdsourcing of Constitutional drafting

Morocco
Organization type: 
for profit
Budget: 
$50,000 - $100,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Successful experience of 100K people codrafting a constitution.
Officials received and took into consideration these comments.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

We need funding to scale the project from a national successful site to a global platform.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

The success story is: www.reforme.ma Check the English version at: http://reforme.ma/en/?v=1 The statistical report at: http://reforme.ma/en/reports The analytical report at: http://reforme.ma/en/summary This is a successful story on how the citizens can contribute on participating on the drafting of their own constitution. The experience was successful in Morocco, and we received requests from citizens from different countries (Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, ...) to build a site for them We believe we can have an open platform for anybody to open a similar debate in any country.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

The current Moroccan constitution has the fingerprints of the users of Reforme.ma
Sustainability

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

There are attempts to build similar sites like this one, but none has tried to build a global platform.
About You
Organization:
Software Centre
About You
First Name

Tarik

Last Name

Nesh-Nash

Twitter URL

tarikn

Facebook URL

neshnash

About Your Organization
Organization Name

Software Centre

Organization Country

, TGR

Country where this project is creating social impact
How long has your organization been operating?

1‐5 years

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Innovation
Select the stage that best applies to your solution

Scaling (the next step will be growing impact on a regional or even global scale)

How long have you been in operation?

Operating for less than a year

Social Impact
FOUNDING STORY: We want to hear about your “Aha!” moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution’s potential to change the world.

Democracy is a social contract between the rules and the people. The constitution symbolizes the text of that contract. But historically, it was the ruler who drafts the constitution, and ask the citizens to accept it via a referendum.
With internet, things can change. The citizen can draft their own constitution rather than wait for its vote.
That's what we wanted to do in Morocco first, and we have some impact. Now we can grow the idea bigger.

Specify both the depth and scale of your solution’s social impact to date

This can impact the countries in democraric transition (e.g. most of the Arab countries), and it will target basically the digitally literate population.
But the idea is so wild, that we cant precisely measure its scale.

What is your projected impact within the next 1-5 years? Is your idea replicable? If so, how?

This can become a classical exercise in every constitutional change in the world.

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and mark growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact

Gradual: Trial and error

Six-Month Tasks
Task 1

Build a similar site in one more country: Egypt, Tunisia, etc

Task 2

Advertise the site and make it a success story in that country

Task 3

Build a strong pitch to get requests to build it in another country

Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone

Enable any user to build his own site for such discussion

12-Month Tasks
Task 1

Build a beta v1 site

Task 2

Test it in one country

Task 3

Have a solid v1 product

How many people have been impacted by your project?

More than 10,000

How many people could be impacted by your project in the next three years?

More than 10,000

Sustainability
Explain how your company, program, service or product is structured

Non-profit

What barriers have hindered the success of your project to date? How do you plan to overcome these and other challenges as you grow your solution?

Financial barriers.
To build a plaform, we need to invest on the engineering cost and infrastructure.

How do you see the information-technology and media sectors shifting over the next decade? How will your solution adapt to and/or drive that changing environment?

the media change will drive on the same direction: crowdsourcing, citizen journalism and individual empowerement.

Failure is not always an option. If your solution fails to gain traction in the next two years, what other applications of the idea could you explore?

We can open it for a new type of forums: Results based forums

Expand on your selections, explaining how you will sustain funding

It was a citizen initiative and self-funded by two engineers.

Tell us about your partnerships
What type of team (staff, volunteers, etc.) will ensure that you achieve the growth milestones identified in the Social Impact section?

- Software engineers
- Media partners

Changemakers is a collaborative and supportive space. Please specify any community resources you would need to grow and sustain your initiative. Select all that apply

Investment, Marketing or media, Pro-bono help (legal, financial, etc.), Mentorship.

Specify any resources you might offer to support other initiatives. Select all that apply

Collaboration or networking, Innovation or ideas.

Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren’t specified within the list
Summary
Define your company, program, service or product in 1-2 short sentences

Crowdsourcing of constitutional drafting
Example: reforme.ma