TurboVote Making Voting Easier

If there is one issue we can all agree upon, it’s that the right to vote is the ultimate act signifying a representative democracy. America, being the quintessential standard bearer of democracy, one would think voting would be easily available, functional, encouraged and even honored. We all know this is not the case, and the consequences are quite dire. 

 

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Ileana Wachtel
Quorum

Quorum’s Data-Mining Is Changing Washington For the Better

In little over a year, straight from the undergraduate dorms at Harvard to the halls of Capitol Hill, the founders of Quorum have laid their mark with their  real-time data analytics tools, changing how information about our members of Congress is accessed and used. They believe, as we do, that the more we know the better we as a nation function as a democracy.

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Applecart

Applecart’s Social Graph Technology is Changing the use of Analytics and Voter Targeting
 
As political entrepreneurs emerge around the country delivering solutions to some of the county’s most pressing problems, we feel companies such as Applecart are in the lineup of winners.
 
One of the biggest problems in politics today is that  campaigns spend millions of dollars targeting a small and unrepresentative electorate. Academic research has demonstrated the power of social pressure in mobilizing voters, but traditionally, only the biggest players—like unions and presidential campaigns—have had the resources at their disposal to mobilize a broader base of voters through sophisticated organizing efforts.

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Ileana WachtelApplecart
Foster America

Foster Care – Broken but fixable

Foster America has some solutions

The foster care system in America is failing. On any given day, more than 400,000 children are placed outside their homes – in foster care or group care settings – without the security of a permanent, loving family to call their own. The direct national cost of child maltreatment is approximately $33 billion annually. The statistics for success however do not match these skyrocketing cost year to year. In the largest study of young people who aged out of foster care, only 8% had obtained a two- or four-year postsecondary degree by age 26, compared to 46% of their peers. And, 12% of young men were in prison, compared to 1% of their peers. Further, the study found of the young adults who had been in foster care 50% were unemployed, about 25% were homeless, and nearly 60% of men in this group had been convicted of a crime.

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