Super MassCiv!

Hi All,

We are thrilled to announce MassCiv – a new project to create a civic engagement layer on the web. We’ve been wanting this for years, the ability to easily translate information into action.

Right now the experience of becoming informed can be deeply frustrating, just when you feel like you have a handle on an issue, just when an author has convinced you that something needs to be done, you get to the end of the piece and there’s not much you can do with that intention to take action. Most of the time there are just two options: (1) leave a comment and (2) share the information with your friends (and continue the cycle of frustration). You’re on your own if you want to sign the leading relevant petition or contact your representative or take any other actions in response to what you’ve learned.

MassCiv will help solve this problem by creating an engagement layer that will be accessible on any page, providing a full range of relevant engagement opportunities wherever you are. With just one or two clicks and without leaving the page you’ll be able to contact your political representatives, sign/create a petition, donate to a cause, volunteer, join/create a meetup, and more. In the wake of the SOPA/PIPA battle it’s clear that there’s a wealth of untapped civic energy on the web and we think that a ubiquitous civic engagement layer can help tap into that and drive positive change.

We welcome you to learn more about the project either by reading our Knight News Challenge application or by reading through our shared outline on workflowy.

We’d love to hear what you think about the project. Please share your thoughts with us on the Knight application page – love it or critique it, and then give us suggestions for how to make it better.

Tune into this site or to @MassCiv on twitter to get the latest news on the project.

Thanks!

-Chris