Primary Needs for Political Tools
by Doc Searls
Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 07:12 PM EDT
For years Iâ€™ve been watching my old pal Britt Blaser work to improve the means by which citizens manage their elected politicians, and otherwise improve governance in our democracy.
Now comes Diane Francis, veteran columnist for the National Post in Canada (but yes, sheâ€™s an American), summarizing the good that should come from Brittâ€™s latest: iVote4U, and its trial run toward the elections in New York coming up in just a few days. New Yorkâ€™s Digitized Dems Can Take Over City Council Sept. 15, says the headline. In addition to the Drupal sites of the last two links, there is a Facebook app as well.
The idea, sez Britt, is â€œto give voters a way to manage their politicians as easily as they manage their iTunesâ€. If youâ€™re a New Yorker who plans to vote next week, give it a whirl. If enough of you do, you might begin to see what we call Government Relationship Management (or GRM) at work.
iVote4U pioneers as a fourth party service.Follow that link for more on what I mean by that; or check out Joe Andrieuâ€™s series on user driven services. If we want government that is truly of, by and for the people, we need tools that give meaning to those prepositions. Especially the first two. Britt has dedicated his life to providing those tools. Give them a try.
You donâ€™t need to be a Democrat, by the way. These tools should work equally well for voters of all political bendings.
This article originally appeared on Doc Searls Weblog.