I didn’t realize until a couple of days ago, but last week OpenMass.org turned the ripe old age of one. Still in it’s infancy, not quite yet a toddler. Over the last year OpenMass.org has been viewed over 1.5 million times with over 20,000 unique visitors.
While I hope that OpenMass.org has helped in some way make the State House more transparent by making legislators and legislation easier to track, we still have a long way to go. Some new features in the works include linking the House and Senate video to bills and legislators.
OpenMass.org I believe is one piece of the inform, engage and make a difference loop and over the coming years I hope to see more, for lack of a better word, synergy, between blogs, official information sites, party platforms and engaged individuals.
One idea I have been kicking around is to take perhaps the most boring document in the world, the Party Platform and turn it into an action agenda by bringing together Blogs like BMG, sites like OpenMass.org, activist organizations and grassroots organizational tools like APebble (Charles Steelfisher’s new gig) together to help empower individuals to make a difference and in some way create their own platform for change. I’m not quite sure how it would all work together but I would love to start a discussion on the possibilities.