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LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT US:

Localocracy.org is the name of the company. Each of our applications will be released under a different name. Citizen Engagement and Grassroots Problem Solving on the Web is the theme of all our products, each seeks to lower the threshold for collective action and make it easier to spread innovative ideas that anyone can participate in to improve the world.

Our first application is an online social utility that uses voting, ranking and tagging to determine what registered voters believe are their community's most pressing problems and the most efficient means of solving them.

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Many individuals and organizations are committed to improving their communities (i.e. health, education, the environment, poverty, hunger, homelessness) and local political issues (i.e. roads, schools, and property taxes) are often the ones that hit closest to home, yet there is currently no online space where citizens can efficiently identify the most critical needs of their community and debate and popularize innovative and efficient ways of meeting them.

Any individual can now start a blog, a forum, an online petition, or an email campaign, but these are insufficient for mobilizing and demonstrating political support for an initiative as they can not currently confirm that the users are real individuals who live in the community at hand and are using their real names.

Localocracy provides a website for each city and town where residents can quickly see: Who in their community has posted what initiative? How many registered voters in the community support or oppose that initiative? What has each side ranked as the best arguments for their position? and What interest groups (local and national) have a stake in the initiative and are trying to influence its outcome?

Our approach maximizes the strength of existing social technologies by allowing users to draw in supporters from existing communities (blogs, forums, social networks, and grassroots organizations) and push updates through twitter, Facebook newsfeeds, text-messaging and embedded widgets on Ning networks and blogging communities. Our method of verifying the identity and residency of voters makes the platform statistically relevant and reliable.

HERE IS WHAT WE NEED:

We need both a Logo with the name and a mark that can stand alone as a widget on Blog sites, Government Sites, on mobile phones, on Facebook and on Twitter.

Clean, Simple, Interesting Design.

Would like to see some marks that are not just L

Feel free to try any color scheme, light blue and green may work well

OUR TARGET AUDIENCE IS:

Politically active Social Media users.

Leans towards college educated. Already has Facebook, engaged in their local community.

Message:

Statistical Relevance, Efficiency, Problem Solving, Innovative Ideas, Non-Parisian, Transparency, Social Responsibility, "Collaborative Community Think Tank," Easy to use, Local

OBJECTIVITY, NEUTRALITY,

Every Community has unique problems and assets for solving them. With massive problems in the Environment, the Economy, Education etc. we need fresh innovative ideas and a way of getting them implemented quickly

WE LIKE THESE DESIGNS:

37 signals, Apple, TED

Ning, Stumbleupon, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube,

WE ABSOLUTELY MUST HAVE (or we don't want to see) THIS IN OUR DESIGN:

Good Idea to have a distinction between Local & ocracy

Maybe different colors, shades or fonts.

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