What ails America and many of the world's democracies is that the interests of a handful of elites are making policy choices at odds with the will of a majority of us. The liberal versus conservative battle that plays out daily in the media is a manipulative melodrama designed to perpetuate the false dichotomy that America must be polarized until the "other side comes to its senses". That is absurd. People are not that shallow, nor are we that ideologically rigid. Good policy requires nuance and solutions with broad appeal.
The real challenge to good government is bridging the disconnect between empowered office holders and the rest of us. The majority of Americans -- regardless of party affiliation -- simply want solutions to the most pressing problems facing our communities, our states, and our nation.
Votesphere is a new paradigm and a new tool (smartphone app) that facilitates formation of ad hoc issue coalitions. Such ad hoc issue coalitions are the only way to create effective bridges between the impenetrable ideological dogma of the Republicans and Democrats that have created artificial divides and perpetuate the myth of a polarized America. Votesphere is designed to clearly illuminate where the governed -- and the governors -- agree or deviate in our goals and objectives.
It is obvious that elections still matter. However, we need something other than partisan bickering between elections. Votesphere will make our elected representatives more accountable by showing exactly which political leaders' positions are at odds with the priorities and preferences of a majority of their constituents.
Votesphere is the first political Priority & Preference Engine contained in an easy to use smartphone app. It is basically GPS for a complex political world. Making government work for us starts with telling the government what we want. Votesphere makes it simple for you to tell your political representatives what needs to be done.
The app is currently available for IOS in the App Store. Load the App and let us know how we can improve it for the next release.
Our primary objective is to improve governance at the federal, state, and local levels by eliminating political gridlock. Party-centric politics are an ineffective way to govern ourselves in a complex world. Votesphere combines our easy to use smartphone app with a new way of thinking about our political identities to break through political polarization.
The blog will explore how Votesphere and other legislative reform efforts can improve political representation and restore confidence in government.