Subject: Re: [NYCGA Internet] Participatory Voting Platform
From: Mark Belinsky
Date: Sun, 16 Oct 2011 11:22:08 -0400

Hey Chaz,

Thanks so much! Glad you like it.

If you disagree with both ideas in any way, there's an "I can't decide" button that let's you say why. There's also an "add your own idea" button in case you want something more specific. It's an open platform, so feel free to add your thoughts directly into it. The system pairs two ideas randomly generated from the database against one another. As more votes get aggregated, the results become statistically significant. It helps to prevent trolls as well as curb bias. Plus it's more fun & game-like.

Once the voting booth is set up, or just the volunteers, the @OccupyVotes system will separate out the people who are in Liberty Plaza protesting from those who are just voting on @OccupyVotes online, but still aggregate all ideas from in one place.

I hope that info helps.


On 10/16/11 11:08 AM, Chaz Cheadle wrote:
> Mark,
> First, kudos on taking the initiative to put that together!!! and for making it so attractive.
> My only concern is what if the choices provided are not a good match for comparison?
> ex.
> Lower tax on Corporations vs Arrest those responsible for the crash
> Can there be a button that lets you indicate that those two choices should not be paired in the future? and if a certain number of people vote that way it will no longer pair them?
> On another note, perhaps more specificity in the Arresting choice.
> Arrest the individuals or penalize the companies that made fraudulent financial reports to the US government. Whether or not they caused a crash is subjective- but breaking the law by intentionally misreporting their finances is criminal and grounds for prosecution.
> chaz
> On Sun, Oct 16, 2011 at 10:55 AM, Mark Belinsky <> wrote:

Hi General Assembly innovators,

I've been working on this participatory decision-making platform "allourideas" to get at a tangible way of real-time broad based democratic decision making. Please check it out here: . It asks you, to "Vote On Which Idea You Like Better". Feel free to click and vote.

In the next few days, I'm hoping we can gather volunteers to set up a "voting booth." Basically people take with tablets at Freedom Park to ask people to vote on the ideas that they'd like to see. If you're interested in helping, please let me know and I'll include you as part of the planning group.

This site is an initial attempt to see if the tool speaks to people. Digital Democracy has had some successes with this with our friends in Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco, and I'm hoping we can take the lessons and open source tools we've been working with around the world to continue to support the marginalized, even in this country - the 99%. I hope to hear from you. Thanks so much for your time.

Disclosure: All of the ideas on the allourideas site are currently seeded from demands heard at #OWS and from unscientific polls that I've seen covered in a variety of media sources. Fast company, CNN, WSJ & occupywallstreet forum, plus Matt Taibbi. The site is completely open and transparent. If you'd like to see an idea that's not currently in the system, please add it, this site is open source, transparent, participatory, and accountable to us all.

All the best,