Oreddy is a digital platform for direct citizen engagement.
The idea is to use online digital technologies to inform and engage people in a wide range of issues that affect their everyday lives.
In academic words: to enhance participatory representation.
The Digital Revolution empowers a wave of highly disruptive social transformation.
Whilst citizens rely upon leadership to give direction, that same leadership relies upon the citizens for support. Problems arise when citizens are ill-informed and separate from the "process".
As a start, digital technologies are being used to:
Open up decisions relating to policy development and adoption.
Allowing online groups to bring people together to discuss and learn.
Fundraise in order to enable the group to grow and engage.
Download promotional material.
Provide online training for activists.
Well, you can. Digital Activism allows you to do just that.
We live in an age where an almost unprecedented number of critical issues need action.
For the radical changes that are needed to take place, many many more people need to take part in the process of discussion, leading to action.
The current level of interest of the majority of people in the process is at an all-time low.
But, you may say, I’m not much of an expert on the issue in-question. In that case, you could delegate your vote to someone you trust (who knows more about a topic than you). This enables a network of trust to be built, allowing more direct democracy where citizens have knowledge but representatives do not.
Digital allows the participation of the online with the offline in meetings, activities, and canvassing; Digital allows the online and the offline to be integrated into a powerful driving force, and funnelled to act as as a positive energy to re-legitimise community engagement.
The end goal is transparency, and for citizens to follow what’s going on, in their name.
Oreddy is written in PHP on a Laravel framework. It integrates Magento; itself written in PHP on a Zend Framework. It has been designed to be extensible and customisible for a range of front-end websites.
Oreddy is the brainchild of Chris Harvey. The goal is to leverage digital technologies to the max; in order to let people know what is going on and increase citizen engagement. We have barely scratched the surface.
Chris has extensive experience of the following roles: Marketer, Entrepreneur, Director, Manager (General, Financial, Product Development, Sports), Photographer, Videographer, Writer, Graphic Designer, Publisher, Telecoms Engineer, Software Engineer, Knowledge Engineer, Data Analyst, Systems Analyst, Lecturer, Researcher, Teacher, Policy Officer, and Political Educator.