BuildQuorum enables people to meaningfully engage with the policy making process by collectively expressing their wishes, interests and concerns.
BuildQuorum has launched its new public participation platform, opening a new channel for citizens to interact with their political representatives online with the aim to incite and encourage discussion, interaction, and participation.
BuildQuorum offers a medium through which citizens show support for causes they care about through an online message that is sent directly to the appropriate representative. More importantly, users can create their own topics, which may be more personal to them or their community, and send them directly to politicians.
“One consistent theme among the hundreds and hundreds of people I talked to during the course of my campaigns was frustration with the process and a feeling that they weren’t being heard,” said Sean Bielat, founder and CEO of BuildQuorum. “Far too many Americans feel that their only participation in the political process is voting and aside from that, special interests control the agenda. I want the average American to act as his or her own ‘special interest’.”
More than just another petition website, BuildQuorum aims to build an inclusive social network built around politics, political interests and real social issues. Users can log in via the website, or by using their Facebook details.
Users can then choose the legislators whom they want to contact, be it anyone from members of Congress to state legislators, and send their message directly to that person.
“We created this platform to engage the public in politics and law-making and created an online community for discussion and debate,” continued Bielat. “By definition, a “quorum” is the minimum number of representatives required to discuss a legislative matter. The digital age offers us new opportunities to voice the opinions of the many, rather than the selected few, which should be taken into consideration before any decision is made.”