Technology and innovation have already profoundly impacted our social, political, and economic lives, including the way we access information, build social movements, catalyze political movements, and the way we interact. Our “digital selves” have used technology to voice out our concerns, our views, our needs, our aspirations, and our contentions. In other words, technology has provided a platform to increase our participation and our political efficacy.
We feel we are involved and we feel that our voices are being heard. However, the question remains: do politicians really hear us? With how broad the current social platforms are, there seems to be a gap between the politicians and the people.
PoliPoli seeks to bridge that gap. Kazuma Ito, CEO of PoliPoli, recognizes this gap as voters do not really interact with the politicians if it is not election season. He wanted to create a platform that will allow this interaction, while incentivizing voters to channel their real concerns directly to the politicians.
In an interview, Ito said, “PoliPoli is a project that politicians and users get more tokens as they commit. As politics is the foundation of the world, I believe the structure of society will be improved by PoliPoli.”
When asked about his inspiration, his answer was rather simple yet profound.
“I have a thought that I want to make a revolution.”
The dream to make a revolution started with the desire to make a change. Ito managed to develop an application that would allow him to make his dream, his revolution, a reality.
In creating this application, he chose NEM as the blockchain platform of his project. When asked why he chose NEM, it was straightforward--he wanted a platform that is easy to use.
“By comparing NEM with other platforms, I personally think it is easier to use several tens of times than others. For startups with less than 10 people like us, it’s a really helpful platform.”
To note, PoliPoli is already out on App Store. According to Ito, “PoliPoli has published its β version on App Store, so If you search for it, you can participate in that discussion. If you are interested, we have about 200 volunteers as ambassadors. Please ask us how you can join.”
PoliPoli is indeed an innovative solution that has the potential to reshape political structures and systems. With the unified local and Upper House elections in Japan that will happen next year, PoliPoli surely is a very relevant technological innovation that can have a huge social impact.
When asked what Ito’s message to the NEM community, he said, “Let's make this area exciting!”
It is indeed exciting.
PoliPoli brings innovation by "entertaining" fields in which political innovation is behind schedule. It is a platform project stood up to meet the needs of both politicians and voters by creating economic zones using token economy.
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