OurSociety Platform Roadmap

By Ron Rivers,

At its core, OurSociety is both a Free and Open Election Campaign Platform and a social movement.  Our purpose is to empower more people than ever before to become involved in their communities and beyond.  Because OurSociety is a collective social project, we want to be sure we are as transparent as possible with our planning and process.  Below you will find our Roadmap for the Free and Open Election Campaign platform.  This details the features we plan to add as we progress through our beta rollout and beyond.


Have a great idea for a feature we aren’t thinking about?  Just let us know below!

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OurSociety Educator’s Companion

By Ron Rivers,

OurSociety Educator’s Companion

 

Companion Summary:   OurSociety Inc. is a non-partisan, non-political 501(c)(3) charitable organization. EIN number 82-1919398.  Our purpose is to promote civic engagement in local communities and open opportunities for more people to participate in democracy through the use of our free technological solutions.  As part of our organization’s purpose, we work with High Schools located in the communities participating in the OurSociety platform to foster discussion and exploration of what civic engagement is and why it is important.  Below we outline how our program and how it coincides with the New Jersey Social Studies standards as outlined in the 2014 State Standards Document.

Learning Objective:  Students will learn the value and importance of civic engagement in a modern age from the perspective of both local communities and collective national engagement.  Cooperating with local elected officials we will demonstrate to the students that community engagement has a tangible impact which can contribute to the greater good of society.  In addition, we introduce them to the OurSociety platform to demonstrate that becoming involved is easier than ever thanks to technology.

Seminar Summary:  Seminars are broken into two sessions, an initial engagement and then a follow-up engagement to review the students’ contributions.  The first seminar includes an open discussion about civic engagement exploring what it is and the problems it can solve both at a national and local level.  At the conclusion of the first seminar, we will ask for educator cooperation in assigning an assignment geared towards community improvement.  Students will enter groups and identify one thing that can be improved within the community and/or become involved in the public discussion about an ongoing community project.  After completing the project within an assigned time frame students will submit their ideas to the township through the OurSociety platform – allowing both elected officials and community members to read and review the plans.  Afterwards, we will return for a second seminar with an elected official (Council Member or Mayor) to discuss their submissions from the communities’ perspective.

Our program meets the following state standards for education (NJ): http://www.state.nj.us/education/cccs/2014/ss/standards.pdf

Social Studies – 6.3 Active Citizenship in the 21st Century:

  • Section 6.3.12.A.1: Develop a plan for public accountability and transparency in government related to a particular issue(s) and share the plan with appropriate government officials.
  • Chronological Thinking: Analyze how change occurs through time due to shifting values and beliefs as well as technological advancements and changes in the political and economic landscape.
  • Critical Thinking: Gather relevant information from multiple sources representing a wide range of views (including historians and experts) while using the date, context, and corroborative value of the sources to guide the selection.
  • Critical Thinking: Gather relevant information from multiple sources representing a wide range of views (including historians and experts) while using the date, context, and corroborative value of the sources to guide the selection.
  • Presentational Skills: Take a position on a current public policy issue and support it with historical evidence, reasoning, and constitutional analysis in a written and/or oral format.

Content Creation: Question Submission Guidelines

By Ron Rivers,

OurSociety is designed to empower citizens to be more engaged in local government and community.  One way that we encourage participation is through incorporating user-submitted questions into our pool of Societal Value questions.  This method allows us to ensure that the questions being asked are a proper reflection of our Citizen Users interests and concerns.

All questions that are submitted are reviewed prior to publication.  We review submitted questions to confirm that they meet the participation guidelines outlined in this article and to check the submissions against the existing questions in our database to prevent duplicates.  Mindful participation is the cornerstone of OurSociety’s success; keeping the discussion topics and questions focused and relevant help us ensure the quality of the data we analyze.  All findings and results from our data collection are shared with the public and are never sold to any person or organization for any reason.  Together we can build a better society focused on addressing our collective wants and needs using the information gathered by our Societal Values questionnaires.

 

Question Guidelines:

  1. No questions in regards to a specific person and/or political party. Keep it issue focused.
  2. Questions should be phrased in one of the following two ways:
    • Statement with a scaled agreement answer (Strongly Disagree – Strongly Agree)
      Example:
    • Yes or No question.
  3. Questions should be written in a neutral tone; our objective is to find the truth, not sway perspectives.
  4. If referencing a specific Law, Statute, Legislation, Bill, etc. be sure to include a link to a neutral source of information so that other users can be informed prior to answering the question.   Example:  Citizens United (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citizens_United_v._FEC)
  5. No offensive language will be permitted in any published questions.

 

Note:  We will assign an appropriate category for your submission when it is approved and published.

OurSociety reserves the right to edit any questions submitted to a more appropriate format prior to publishing. 

 

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