I’ve been at Personal Democracy Forum in New York and I’ve started to get thinking about which US political organisation tools could be effectively used for politics in Europe. Here are a few ideas…
- Groundcrew – a system of rapid mobile organising via SMS, iPhone apps, and Google Maps. Could be used to organise Fair Votes Now flashmobs, get Swedish social democrat activists to particular Valstugan?
- Meetup Everywhere – simply and quickly organise events offline – everywhere! Use for fundraising events for politicians?
- See Click Fix – an idea similar to FixMyStreet in the UK, yet with 2 additional advantages – it works well of mobile devices, and it allows citizens to network between each other.
- go.usa.gov – a US government link shortener, style of bit.ly but with trust and reliability for government URLs. How about a similar one for UK, FR, EU twitter use? The original code is open source and the system is based on Drupal.
Last but not least: it’s not an organisational tool as such, but it is fun: hint.fm/seer – it compares the predictive Google search for two key words. Here’s the result for a couple of Labour leadership candidates.