"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.

Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has"

Margaret Mead, Anthropologist
(used with permission)

"If you don't like the news .... go out and make some of your own !!"

Wes "Scoop" Nisker, Newscaster


Government is a slow and tedious process. While it often includes citizen and neighborhood involvement, non-governmental, private organizations have created movements and interesting groups which can create positive change in our cities and towns.

I am fascinated by the way groups are created and how they influence public decision making. This blog merely recognizes them and forwards the description of these groups from their own websites.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Meu Rio

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Website: www.meurio.org.br

Meu Rio (“My Rio” in Portuguese) is an independent popular movement for and by the people of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Together we are building a more democratic, just and livable city. Our campaigns and tools will help empower all Cariocas to work together to improve the city we love as we prepare to host the World Cup and Olympics.

MY RIO meurio.org.br
This is our headquarter site, where you can enroll in our missions and receive instructions on the next goals to transform Rio de Janeiro. You are also located inside of everything that My Rio is doing on the streets, the large network and in our other tools. Want to be a change agent in Rio de Janeiro?
PRESSURE COOKER paneladepressao.org.br
In the Pressure Cooker, population and social movements can create their own campaigns of popular pressure. Because all the pressure is faster. The recipe is simple: you point a problem, calls other people who want the same change directly and presses politicians, businessmen and public officials, by email, Twitter or Facebook. If you want to transform the river you live near, start here.
TRUTH OR DARE verdadeouconsequencia.org.br
Know the game Truth or Dare? In these elections, we created one way for you to find your ideal Councilman and candidate to know what people expect from a good politician. In verdadeouconsequência.org.br voters collaboratively construct a questionnaire, send a questionnaire to candidates and compare the answers. After, our Truth or Dare will get you to the polls to vote. And this is just the beginning. We are always experimenting with ways of interacting and working on new transformation tools.

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