We need to pull-ourselves out of this political suicide spin ~ how ?
In the next 3-5-8 years, a critical mass of people will have access to cellphones; cool.
How are they going to get their information about what's going on in their local governments?
We provide an application that aggregates municipal data and provides users with a stream of up-to-date information about the topics, committees and communities with which they are concerned.
Both individuals and organizations are able to comment on policy, officials and more; ableit this is within the next 3 years, pending development resources. Organizations pay a fee to gain access to parts of their profile on the platform, and the capacity to interact with their followers, as well as comment on policy. Another point of revenue will be prices associated with graduated API access to our database.
This is part one of the project; part two takes this application and compounds it's open-source designation.
Communication + Unity
There is a heck-of-alot of information to have to maintain; arguably impossible.
How can we subsidize, or manifest, the labor necessary ?
Teach people how to code by using the application as a learning tool!
The applications are already open-source, chilling on GitHub. I've created another entity called Rebel Coding (opens new window), whose initial offering is a book covering eight steps (opens new window)that survey everything you needs to know to start coding and grow beyond. And these eight steps are compiled into this introductory book; the content can be expanded to larger classes. As well as further condensed into free email survey courses.
It is here that opportunities can multiply; we have an application, and we have a multi-pronged learning resource that enables an alternative user-aquisition route. The next idea is to partner with community organizations to train members of their community to train others, how to code.
:::tip Caveat Learning to code is not the end-all-be-all/save-a-life solution; though it can be a base to more confidently interacting with so many other parts of the technology marketplace. More on this later. :::
In the near future, we will partner with organizations to do this, provide online training community coding-trainers. Then we will to start working in the field of larger community classes with our trainers-in-training during March & April of 2021. In this manner, we enable communities to begin building their own techhubs. We provide a program structure and up-to-date educational resources; as well as an application that they can help maintain to serve their community valuable information, while enabling their community members to be introduced to valuable skills in technology.
As the tech stack for the application grows, so can and will our educational resources. I am presently in conversations with a former Statistics instructor of mine who works within the University of Minnesota's School of Public Health teaching statistics. The application manages considerable data, while scrapers are available to consume more data. The cost is in time, designing how to best present this data. And I prefer to start minimal, i.e. the least amount of data possible. Though we aspire to write a second course as an Introduction to Data Engineering and Analysis.
Additionally, in the future, an agency will be generated to help organizations leverage the data we are collecting for their specific insights; which will include policy tracts, social media posts from elected officials, candidates and organizations, and more. All of this data will be processed and analyzed; complimenting our aforementioned data engineering and analysis track. While all of our course work is based around in-production applications.
In 10 Years
We'll have saved the planet; or at least be attending a more sustainable direction. Communities will be engaged with one another; health and wellness will be accessible to all.
The basis of our technology and resources are used around the world. All of our resources are open-source, and so many imitations have been built. We are a monolith within the market, and standard-bearer for expections.
ScreamFreely, birthed out of DreamFreely, maintains an ethos of apprenticeship throughout it's entire organization, and is able to sustain by not having to hide anything, including financial information. Users are respected, as is their privacy and their data.
Free users have access to track up to 8 Jurisdictions, and 75 organizations.
Users who pay anything more than $.50 per month have access to track unlimited jurisdictions and unlimited organizations. As well, these users are put through a small vetting process, and verified as individuals. Mind you, anyone will be able to get a verified account by checking in with a verified oranization who verifies continuity of identity.
This is important because, our application doesn't have any advertisements; nor do we track our users--this is part of why people pay. Next, we gamify it all by allowing users to guard their identity. Regarding organizations, will never get the email addresses, nor telephone numbers, of the users who follow them. Instead, the application will remain the conduit of contact. Individuals will be able to track, and comment on, policy, organizations, representatives and candidates.
Additionally, we will have surveys that people can participate in regarding topics in their communities. Verification enables us to more accurately weigh survey responses. Yes we will be able to build a model of user's concerns built from the jurisdictions and organizations follows; we'll deduce some numbers to represent an idea of an individual.
While all of the code that makes this happen will be built by the community; individual identites will never be made available - verification will be a multi-step process. Concept-bubbles will be made available to each user - who can in-turn choose what to do with thier data. If a user says, I don't want you to track my jurisdications, but I'll answer your questions. We're able to account for these things. This improves the data we gather and the data can make available to organizations who seek to strategize policy initiatives.
This is the educational organization within ScreamFreely.
Every position pays a living wage, while not requiring workers to work more than 30 hours per week; recommended schedule being 20 hours per week. Because all of our financials are open, we even open-source our accounting systems; people trust us because they learn from, and learn with, us; not just how to code, but how to build and maintain all aspects of an organization and business. The entire project is a team effort.
Most positions will have an expiration date of five to eight years; as we want to encourage and enable co-workres to get better jobs, and/or build their autonomy. This is why we shy away from long weekly-hours, in favor of greater felicity of time for our co-workers. Our name will be built by the caliber of people we move on into other positions.
While all of the positions within the organization are meant to be educational opportunities as well. Not only will we seek to partner with community organizations, but corporate organizations as well. Our online community can then be composed of experts willing and able to volunteer their time helping those who aspire to be more knowledge about tech and enter the job-market.
Many students will have grown-up through the ranks; some will graduate from high school or secondary degree programs, and return to teach in their retirement or spare time. Others will work through the organization, and be provided a runway to build their idea by working 20 hours per week. We'll seek to build in a healthy sense of churn through growth in our organization; focus on sustainability and community connection.
We are a trusted resource and organization in the community; perhaps we are even a co-operative of sorts. Communities are already divided by state in the United States, with domains for 10 states, presently. California, Texas, Georgia, Washington, New York and Massachusetts, included. WE are a remote first organization; at least for our first few years, or decades. And we expand application reach by obtaining domain names for various countries and regions; and from there we seek to find students who wish to learn coding.
First round buy-in is $20k / 1%.