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Our Say: Support crowd-sourced democracy

Posted in Movements, Policies, Seeking by CBiggs on February 22nd, 2012

The locally grown democratic media start-up ‘OurSay‘ is currently competing with 50 other companies from around the world to get into the Unreasonable Institute, a six-week, high-intensity program for entrepreneurs tackling the world’s greatest social and environmental challenges.

OurSay enables people to get important issues on the public agenda. It locks in public decision-makers such as CEOs, politicians and community leaders and gets them to answer tough questions about the issues you care about most. The aim of OurSay is to inform better decision-making, slow down the media cycle to engage seriously with challenging issues, provide more direct feedback between decision-makers and the people they affect, and help people own, influence and take responsibility for the issues they care about. In just under 2 years, OurSay has grown a strong community of users from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Their vision is to see this model of crowd-sourced democracy operating in every city around the world.

Now, after 2 gruelling rounds of vetting, competing against more than 300 organisations from 60 different countries, OurSay is the only Australian organisation left with a chance to make one of the only 25 places at the Unreasonable Institute. By achieving this, OurSay will have the opportunity to build its profile and learn from some of the best organisations for social and environmental good.

To get through, OurSay needs to demonstrate a base of supporters that are willing to support financially. They need to raise raise $10,000 in just 22 days (they are already halfway there).

If you are passionate about using social media for societal change and would like to help this little Aussie start-up, you can donate here in the Unreasonable Institute Marketplace.

http://oursay.org/

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