When it comes to representative democracy, Americans live in a land of confusing abundance. You are represented by at least a dozen offices, across a range levels and focus, from the President of the United States to your school board, park board, and water district representatives. If you're like the average American, you have no idea who most of the people are who represent you, what they do, or how to contact them. Civic Voice validated that this is true, at least among Geo:Code 2.0 participants, with a quick survey to inform their work. From there, the Civic Voice team created a rapid prototype of a website that helps residents to find out more about who represents them, and gathered additional feedback. Discovering that much of the data on who represents you and does what is not available in a standard format - especially at the local level - the team also incorporated crowd sourcing into their vision, so we the people can help make our government easier to understand. Impressed with the scale and focus of this project, Geo:Code's feedback panel presented it's Judges' Choice Award to Civic Voice.
We created a crowd voting platform that helps citizens know who represents them, what legislation affects their communities and provides a platform to share what matters most with their local representatives.https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1vLsudNVNfmUqeNVstlswdOvo0bCl1jGnEp3AVeQn3XM/edit?usp=sharing