Can we reset Democracy?
Policymakr will reset the treatment and perception of politics on the Internet. We want to restore confidence in a model that has been partly broken by the onset of immediate, abundant and unverifiable information.
We will use the tools of 2019 to restore a modern, functional system for planning humankind’s long-term future.
By reconnecting Citizens and Policy Makers, our Democracy—the best system of government known to man—will be consolidated.
How Policymakr will work.
There will be three categories of profiles on Policymakr: Citizens, Policy Makers and Experts, working together on Projects aimed at resolving a policy issue. These are the three essential actors who can usefully work together to find the best solution to a problem, but also one that is politically viable. Read more about how Policymakr will be structured and why it'll be different to anything that exists online now, and have a look at the FAQ.
A child and his mother voting in the French presidential election. Photo by Arnaud Jaegers on Unsplash.
President Obama talks to astronauts on the International Space Station. Photo: History in HD on Unsplash.
John Kerry addresses the Oxford Union on May 11, 2016. Photo: State Department photo/ Public Domain.
Projects we would love to get into.
Policymakr is built on the premise that the reason the Information Age became a challenge for representative democracy was circumstantial, not inevitable. The decentralized, deregulated state of the Internet left the field open to entrepreneurs who were quick to harness it to set up platforms that shared one thing in common: there were for-profit—which Policymakr is not. Thus Facebook is clearly at the heart of this problem. Yet it is aware of that and has stated it will be engaging with potential partners during 2019 to exchange on the subject. We intend to play a full part of that debate.
Timeline to launch.
Here's what's next on our way to launch. We hope to start in at least one country by the end of 2019, at which point we'll no longer be in beta. These dates are necessarily indicative. We'll be updating this timeline for you along the way.
Website goes live
Policymakr goes out of maintenance mode and enters beta mode. Inaugural editorial article published.
Community ideas lab launched
Our collaborative tool for sharing ideas and planning the launch goes live.
To gain traction and raise some funds, we will be launching a Kickstarter campaign.
First project launched
Work will start, experimentally, on a small number of Projects around the end of the first quarter.
Supervisory Board in place
Composition of Policymakr’s Supervisory Board announced.
Policymakr goes live in its first country
This will be the moment when we flip the switch, leave beta and start our existence as a platform.