We recently received a message from an enthusiastic individual. He is very excited about Democracy’s potential as a platform for local government video. He requested a message, to forward to officials in his community, explaining how Democracy can help them engage their constituents. We agree that there is a lot of potential here, so we wrote the letter — it turned out pretty good, so we decided to share it with all of you.
If you’re interested in using Democracy in this capacity, give the following a try: find the addresses of some of your local elected officials, fire up your printer and shoot off a letter or three. If you’re resourceful, you might even be able to score a small grant, in order to sart your own community channel.
Democracy is a fully functional internet TV system that is perfect for grassroots and municipal channels. Democracy is a free and open source internet TV system built by a non-profit (501c3) organization called the Participatory Culture Foundation. PCF is working hard to deliver free and equal access to tools for both creating and watching internet TV channels. Democracy Player is a free application that allows any person to easily find, automatically manage, download, and watch internet TV channels. Additionally, Democracy has an open channel guide, that allows any organization to creating a freely accessible internet TV channel. Publishing a channel is, relatively speaking, easy and can be done for little to no money (all the necessary tools are freely available on the internet, it’s just a matter of finding someone who knows how to upload your videos). We encourage you to embrace open standards internet TV, as yet another great way to engage your community.
The Participatory Culture Foundation