Storefront Democracy

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Storefront Democracy allows community members to have a voice in their neighborhood, using a publicly accessible interface to create an opportunity for submitting ideas and voting on community issues.

We prototyped a projected installation for a storefront that allows passers-by to text ideas regarding their neighborhood. Those ideas are immediately visible, and others can vote on them. After a week, the top three ideas will be discussed at a regular neighborhood meeting. People who submit or vote on ideas would be kept updated on times and locations of board meetings, and invited to attend.

Storefront Democracy raises community awareness of issues being considered and decided, allowing for a multitude of voices to be easily heard and engaging community members in the existing process.

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