Democracy is a DIY-thing. Instead of asking for more democracy in Europe we'll just make it happen. votesApp is bringing the big questions on to your phone and into your own hand.
Berlin, Germany, Basel, Switzerland, London, United Kingdom
Instead of formally asking for more democracy (through lobbying for legal reform) we will just make it happen. The longer our, the citizens, demands to be directly addressed and to be involved in decision-making are ignored, the more detached we will become. However, we believe that Europe's democracies are at a turning point. If we act creatively (and playfully) now, we can turn Europe into a project of the European people - a project which we build and uphold together through our democratic participation. votesApp is the playful but at the same time meaningful direct democracy tool which allows making an important step towards a Europe of the people.
In 2016 votesApp will have gained a great number of users across Europe. There will be people liking as well as disliking the idea but most importantly, there will have been a widely-held discussion about ideas to transform political participation in European democracies. In the dream-world, there would be smaller constituencies which use the votesApp in addition to parliamentary debates to find out how their citizens would decide about the decisions they are about to take.
An app-prototype will be developed by Fall 2015. Prototype of votesApp will be tested in Ruhr-city Witten; Germany, Winter 2015/16. Based on the learnings from the prototype, we will further improve the App and add functionalities to allow its Europe-wide use. Spring 2016: Promotion and roll-Out of votesApp in selected European cities. Summer 2016: 2. evaluation round of European prototype. Summer/Fall 2016: votesApp is available for implementation and use across Europe on regional, country, European level.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe