The Picket Project: Innovative Open Source Effort Seeks Funding For New Collaborative Online Community

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The Picket Project Platform created to empower citizens to work together to form solutions to current political problems.

Empowering citizens to form solutions to current political issues through online collaboration.
The Picket Project Platform allows engaged citizens to build their own solutions by connecting and building on related, similar ideas.

The Picket Project, an open source effort to create a new crowdsourcing software, launched on Indiegogo this week with the goal of funding their initial software release. This is the final push in the launch of their platform. The software was developed to tackle large, complex political problems in a new, innovative way. The Picket Project Platform allows engaged citizens to build their own solutions by connecting and building on related, similar ideas.

"We wanted to figure out a simple process to help people work together on mutually beneficial compromises,” said Brian Hobbs, co-founder The Picket Project.

The Picket Project launched on Indiegogo with the goal of raising $30,000 in 30 days. The funding will be used to deliver a beta release of the application by June, 2013.

“We know that most people want our politicians to find compromises which can move our country forward,” said Robert Schwab, co-founder The Picket Project. “If they can't find these solutions, engaged citizens need the opportunity to. But to do so, we will need a system which encourages better solutions -- solutions that build and grow from similarities, rather than differences."

To donate to The Picket Project’s campaign or learn more about the software go to

About The Picket Project

Started by a small team of developers from Tampa, Fl, The Picket Project was created to enhance the way people collaborate together on complex political issues. After 4 years of research and prototyping, they have developed a platform which helps organize the complexity of different beliefs on political and social issues by mapping how these ideas relate to each other.

Using a modification of the existing argument mapping technique, the system encourages viewing problems from a number of different perspectives in order to find the solutions which can appeal to all sides of an issue. It algorithmically analyzes human decision making in order to encourage compromise between competing solutions and beliefs.

About Indiegogo

Indiegogo is a crowdfunding platform where people can contribute money to projects in exchange for rewards and helping the projects to be completed. As a fixed campaign, The Picket Project will only receive funding to create their platform if they reach their $30,000 goal.

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