Today, PLANETCIVIC, a platform designed to transform the way citizens interact with local governments and each other, officially launches in Montclair.
PLANETCIVIC lets Montclair citizens who have ideas for the town get the word out — and the numbers — to back up their proposals. Every user is a registered resident of Montclair and users interact only with other town residents. Users vote to show support for their neighbors’ proposals and results are tabulated and ranked on a real time basis. The end result shows community leaders what residents of Montclair rank as their top priorities for change.
Montclair citizens have already made use of PLANETCIVIC to put forward their ideas (including yours truly who added an initiative about lighting, something Baristanet readers were vocal about here). Other initiatives that live on PLANETCIVIC include a plan to declare Montclair a safe haven for those in danger of deportation; a proposal for town-wide homework guidelines; and a plan to place a stop light in Watchung Plaza. Anyone who lives in Montclair can vote for or against these proposals, or create an initiative of their own in a matter of minutes.
Montclair is the first community to experience PLANETCIVIC, so its residents have an opportunity to be at the forefront of a movement to make local democracies work better for their citizens. Alma Schneider, a Montclair resident who has proposed a bus buddy system to prevent bullying and promote better social interactions on our school buses, says “I have so many ideas and concerns but limited time to carry them all out. PLANETCIVIC is a great way to galvanize people to make our town better. It’s a quick way to bring the important issues to the forefront. It makes it easy and inexpensive to start a local movement, so underrepresented members of our community can have a voice.”
“We never take a position on an initiative, because PLANETCIVIC is a platform for everyone,” Javier Guardo, founder of PLANETCIVIC. “It’s designed to empower citizens to be engaged in their communities and make their voices heard so we can all, collectively, create positive change in our towns.”
Starting today, Montclair residents can register here https://www.planetcivic.com/prb to find out about what their neighbors are proposing for Montclair or to submit their own ideas or initiatives. PLANETCIVIC pans to present Montclair’s Top 5 Initiatives at the Town Council meeting on January 19.