Back in 2012, a few Yellowknifers had an idea for a simple system that could radically change how people weigh in on government decisions. Our city seemed like the ideal theatre for it, but then we did what most people do when they have a decent idea: nothing. We sat on it for three years, until we found ourselves in an election year facing the same old choices. Then, we chose to act — and quickly.
We're working to bring the most innovative and engaging municipal government platform in the world for citizens to influence the local decisions that affect the development of their city. Around the world, groups like DemocracyOS and other people-powered parties are launching similar initiatives.
Candidates around the world have been elected with the promise of bringing more accountability, transparency, and agility to their governments. governments. By electing candidates to City Hall who have chosen to use IserveU — Rommel Silverio being the first — we want Yellowknife to become the world's first-ever participatory democracy.
Our organization we want to instill everyone’s. By taking advantage of technology that's long been available, we will create an inclusive forum where citizens can have a tangible say on issues they care about.
Since Rommel Silverio's election as North America's first e-democracy candidate, our coders have been hard at work making the site outstanding, with suggestions added from participants in our recent public meetings being incorporated in the site.
We officially launched to the public in March 2017, with non-binding motions and a fully-functioning forum.
This method also applies to organizations wishing to engage their membership and spark conversation. We believe this tool can be used to bring people-powered decision-making to businesses, non-profits, and academia.
Our first project in the private sector is with Ecology North, a non-profit organization advocating for sustainability in Canada's northern territories. Our platform is used to give their membership a convenient way to contribute to their organization's direction.
Exporting the Method
Once Yellowknife is stable and thriving, we want to bring our software to organizations across the country.
We have spoken with politicians, academics, and leaders across the world interested in these kinds of modern solutions for participatory decision-making. It's a growing movement, and we intend to be part of conversation.
Get in touch with us any time if you have any questions about who we are, what we do, or what our vision is for the organization; we'd love to see as many people as possible get involved.