This email is a year old. I sent it to a friend who anyone here may know. He runs a top political media company. He is Stanley Azuokola. In fact, he conducted the last Edo gubernatorial debate.
Any way, this is the email unedited. I’ll be happy to follow up on anyone thinking about this. Personally, I hope to get around working on it later next year when I have the bandwidth. At this point, I don’t have the time, resources and people to join in on it at this point.
So I procrastinated this every minute, till this morning.
So the idea is basically bringing people to actually have conversations on issues, but beyond talking, do actual work to implement, and forge for progress.
The idea is still on a very conceptual level, but can certainly be improved on, or refined.
The starting proposition :
Conversations are public, open, moderated around issues, programs. Top opinions are voted up as part of moderation. Hacker news is run this way. news.ycombinator.com
The entire service is run by donations, volunteers and 100% directed to projects. Similar to how Wikipedia is run, except this is with a political undertone.
Check out watsi.org
A manifesto is written, and is agreed upon. This can be revised by the community, of course.
Beyond online, there will be allowance for meet ups and actual physical chapters, both local and Nigerian diaspora coordinated and funded by the community. fwd.us has an element of this.
Membership are classified by contributions. In the early stage, it has to be by invitation in fact. There will be mentors, volunteers, the organization team, supporters, contributors et al. Basic idea yet.
Resources and media library.
Vote on major issues, and donation to local programs, grassroots development and causes.
Fundamentals: Rules of engagement, values and ideologies, and manifesto.
The end would be a community of people seeking refound the country with a new voice and perspective, by bringing resources and leveraging the diversity of talents and influence of these people.
At the end of the day, a political party can be founded out of it. And since it is open, the power is distributed and not conserved to one person or entity.
That’s mostly it, at this stage in my head.