In the early 1990s, the internet began to thrive and changed the way the world would run forever. Today, in the 21rst century, the online world allows you to interact with the real world virtually anywhere with a connection. Although social media, the internet and technology in general can have a negative reputation in public opinion at times, one startup is using the internet for good.
Civic tech is a new platform for recruiting volunteers and increasing civic engagement. A new civic engagement startup, PlaceSpeak, is on a mission. Using locations and the powerful world wide web, PlaceSpeak is assisting the government to narrow its civic engagement efforts by allowing communities and citizens join one another in interests and engagement based on their location.
When utilizing social media and the internet, there is always the chance of hackers. Unfortunately, hackers prowl the web with their computers and bots to gain access to information, influence information or even change information. With PlaceSpeak, this tool is designed to prevent hackers and bots from interfering, to ensure authentic engagement.
The type of engagement PlaceSpeak seeks to provide for the government is true public citizen concerns that are specific to their local communities and neighborhoods. Through this form of civic involvement, communities have a real opportunity to voice their concerns and make a positive impact on their community. By pointing out what needs to be improved, the government can aim towards resolving the issues, thus providing positive change among communities everywhere.
Some examples of public concerns are:
- City planning
- Public transportation
- School district issues
- Community based issues
PlaceSpeak offers the public a place to speak up about the change they want to see in their community to have a powerful impact on society. Residents have the opportunity to get involved in discussions, share their ideas and opinions, and reach the decision makers and policy makers in their community.
It’s clear that this startup company realized what a powerful tool the internet is and are now utilizing it to connect communities in a positive way. PlaceSpeak states that this startup is not just about what technology can do, but it’s also about what the people, the citizens can do too.