Hi, my name is John and I’m an iOS developer from NYC. Before I began programming I used to work in politics. Politics was a lot of fun, I got to meet Senators, judges, lobbyists, activists and a million other people who had an opinion about their community.
As I started talking to more and more people about the perspectives they had of their communities, I started to realize something. Almost everybody that I spoke with genuinely does care about their community and the world around them. The problem is that most people don’t have the time or information to actually convert their values into direct action. There are too many barriers in place to make it worthwhile for people to participate. Only 13% of Americans under the age of 30 voted in 2014, this participation problem needs to be addressed.
This is why I created Voices.
To put it simply, Voices is a community participation tool for people who care. It uses your GPS location to tell you who you the elected officials are in your community, and then makes it easy to call, tweet, or email them about what’s important to you. It will even remind you to vote.
History shows us that when it’s easier to vote, more people vote (no brainer right?). The goal of Voices is to reduce those barriers to community participation and enable people to organize collectively behind their values.