E-Democracy builds online public space in the heart of real democracy and community. Our mission is to harness the power of online tools to support participation in public life, strengthen communities, and build democracy.
We support more than 75 neighbourhood/neighborhood, community/council-wide, or regional online Community Forums across 15 communities in three countries.
We are the largest full-service "network" of its kind with volunteers leading the way in every community to keep our model extremely low-cost, sustainable, and extendable to more places.
Through participant and supporter donations, service fees from local government (UK primarily government funded instead of participant donations), foundation grants, earned revenue from consulting services, and forum sponsorship or advertising (possible) we provide the following "shared services" across our network.
E-Democracy seeks to provide the following "first tier" services to communities in good standing - active volunteers, their participants or community is contributing toward the costs they generate (see below):
Enhanced "tier two" services are available based on special funding and/or aggregated local contributions above an established threshold:
We initially estimated the cost to provide first tier services at 3 cents (US) a day per participant or $10/year per registered member (7 GBP, $20 NZ). When we grew to 40+ forums with ~250 members each, we passed the 10,000 registered participants threshold. At that point ongoing shared support for Community Forums began to cost $100,000 a year (70,000 GBP, $200,000 NZ). With 90% of the effort covered by volunteers, the professional services/hosting provided by E-Democracy will enable $1 million worth of community democracy building each year.
Help us support participation in public life, strengthen communities, and build our democracy, donate today!.