CivilSummit: refreshing democracy world-wide Auckland, Nueva Zelanda Year Founded: 2014 Organization type: nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector Project Stage: Idea Budget: $10,000 - $50,000 Website: http://igg.me/at/civilsummit/x/6732949 Twitter: https://twitter.com/CivilSummitFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Civilsummit/489544647738237 Civil rights Citizen participation Democracy & voting Transparency Project SummaryElevator Pitch Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences. CivilSummit is a free open-source global web application which will inform each registered user about the initiatives currently being discussed in their local government and national Parliament. It will allow them to start debates and vote on them to give feedback to politicians. WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?" What if we, the people told the representatives what to do? About Project Problem: What problem is this project trying to address? Most of us would agree that no matter where we live in this world, that our governments do not function in the best way, they do not represent us very well. In most countries, people can vote only every four or five years and after that participating in the official decision making is very difficult. This distances them from democracy, they become disappointed when they feel that the party they voted for doesn't represent their interests. Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific! The internet gives us ways to engage the public in giving feedback to the work of the representatives, and social media can make participation viral. If the majority of the public decided to tell their opinion, the politicians will be informed about the public opinion and upon which they will have to react. We just need a central political platform where activists upload the initiatives, a short summary of it, we gather related articles and blog posts and let the public debate and vote on the initiatives. If users decide to make their actions visible to their followers, participation will be as viral as the newest memes. Printer-friendly versionDownload PDF Comments Nice post on Democracy i like it. Its a nice post, sounds great. Thanks for the article, I like this article, sound great, innovative steps you guys are taken. This could be a nice platform for open discussion on Politics. Yes Jaavar is right, its a open platform for political discussion . Great job you guys did.