May 9, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Have you ever felt you weren’t being listened to?

4 min read

Governments have vast economic and political resources which means they set the agenda. The average citizen on the other hand has one vote, no real voice and few other ways to exert any influence over what goes on in the world. In short, if you don’t have the means to make yourself heard your needs are often overlooked or ignored altogether.

That just doesn’t seem fair to us so we’re on a mission to help place the power to shape the world back into the hands of the people. Yep, we know it’s a ridiculously grandiose ambition but we really want to help make the world a better place to be for everyone.

To begin we’d like your support to help improve the quality of communication between voters and their elected representatives.

one BIG voice – A tool with teeth.

one BIG voice is a simple tool that will help make your elected representative more transparent, accountable and responsive to you, the people that put them in power.

We came up with the idea for one BIG voice because contacting an elected representative should be a lot simpler than it is.More importantly it should mean something. If you’ve taken time to write about your concerns or ideas you deserve to get a quality response, not a polite brush off letter that goes nowhere.

one BIG voice will make it quick and easy for you to send your elected representative a letter and incentivize them to write a sincere reply.

It’s a free service, available to everyone and here’s how it works:

1. You go to one BIG voiceand look up your elected representative.

2. He or she has a profile page with a biography and list of responsibilities.

3. You click on “Send A Letter”fill out the template provided then press“Send”

4. You’ll receive confirmation that your letter has been sent.

5. You then have the option to “Make it public” so others can read it.

6. If someone wants to read the response to your letter they click “Subscribe”

7. Elected representatives can see how many subscribers each letter has.

8. When your letter is responded to, all subscribers receive a copy.

9. They can rate the letter on speed and quality of response.

10. All elected representatives are given a rating in the one BIG voice index.

Quick and easy.

The results.

Over time you’ll be able to see how good elected representatives are at responding to their constituents. It rewards those who take time out to write a considered response and it shows up the ones who don’t.

Imagine a time when the letter you’ve crafted gathers thousands of subscribers and encourages your elected representative to respond to your concerns in a meaningful way.

That’s the potential power of one BIG voice.

The team.

We’re a group of individuals who want to make a positive difference in the world. Steve’s a planner. Matt’s a designer. Brownie Girl is our mascot. Giles, Caleb and Luke are an Agile development team working with Ruby on Rails. Together we hold the vision for one BIG voice.

one BIG voice is a big idea and this is just a small part of it. We’ve researched, planned and figured out how to make it work. Finally we’re at the stage where we are coding in earnest. To date we’ve donated a portion of our time for free and invested some of our own money into the build. That’s what you do with projects you love. To develop it further and realize our bigger vision we need your financial support.

The part of the project we’re asking for your support on has been fully scoped and we’re confident we can deliver it in eight weeks. The funding you provide will allow the team to dedicate themselves to making this happen. If we exceed our campaign goals we’ll continue to expand the service into other countries.

one BIG voice – A global idea.

We know we’re from a little country at the bottom of the world but we’ve got what it takes to get things done. Initially we’re building one BIG voice for New Zealand and America. Ultimately we want it to run in every country around the world. With your help we can make it happen.

Thanks for taking the time to learn about our mission. We hope you will support us to reach our goal. If you’re unable to make a financial donation then please connect us to your friends, family and colleagues. It all helps.

Kia ora.


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