Votizen is a political advocacy site, solely dependent on viral, digital and technological participation, that started out in 2010 at the west coast, in Mountain View, California. The three founders, Dave Binetti, Jason Putorti and Matt Snider aspired to create an online network of citizens – votizens – to take collective action and influence election results using social media. When votizens log on to the platform using their Facebook or Twitter Account, they can see which people in their network support the same political candidate and take the responsibility to prompt these voters to turn in their ballot. Continue reading
Code for America is an initiative that was established as a “new non-profit” organization that is a perfect representation of technological participation, where few web developers and technology experts are creating platforms to empower the community. Beyond technological participation, this initiative embodies all participation forms highlighting certain aspects at a time depending on the project. Continue reading
“Everyone leads” and “We are the people we have been waiting for” are the two most compelling and appealing phrases in the book “Everyone Leads: Building Leadership from the Community Up” that very well reflect its content. The author, Paul Schmitz walks the reader through the process of leadership – that’s right process not the role – and how to make the most out of people connecting their assets, organize communities and create a space for talented individuals willing and able to engage in responsibilities and drive change together.
Last Saturday, I was planning on going to the MIT career fair. Browsing through my emails as I’m having breakfast a couple of people had already emailed the Fletcher social list and my personal emaiI about the gunman threat on campus. Contemplated for a minute or two and thought it can’t be that serious until my phone rang on my way out: my mother called from Greece and asked me to stay home all day in view of the danger?!
To relief her stress I promised to stay home. I did not even think to ask her how did she even find out about this on the other side of the Atlantic. Evidently, the power of media and technology, even though some scholars argue it makes little or no difference, in fact sometimes dictates our decisions.
Last Tuesday I did not have a chance to watch the live broadcast of SOTU. Later on that night when I got home I had a look on twitter, then read the Facebook comments of my friends which where complemented by articles from the New York Times to the Onion and Politico. Next morning I watched the speech on YouTube, read individual blogs and visited international news sources mostly from the EU.
Following this online journey…naturally I had a story to tell about the State of the Union as captured by the people!