BuildQuorum newly launched platform offers a medium through which citizens show support for causes they care about via a new public participation platform.
The platform is created by former congressional candidate Sean Bielat, with the aim to give power back to the people by connecting citizens to politicians and letting them express ideas about the issues most important to them. BuildQuorum was created as a forum for the online political community to incite and encourage discussion, interaction, and participation.
Unlike other petition sites such as Change.org, BuildQuorum users can actually send emails and messages directly to their target representative, rather than showing their support with just an online signature that doesn’t have as strong an impact.Users can then choose the legislators whom they want to contact, be it anyone from members of Congress to state legislators, and then send their message directly to that person.
“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’,” said Sean Bielat, founder and CEO of BuildQuorum.
BuildQuorum is trying to overcome three main barriers to citizen engagement in rule-making: a lack of awareness, information overload, and unfamiliarity with how to participate effectively and the means of participating.
“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.”
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.