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Adrian Tawfik

Founder of Democracy Chronicles



Democracy Chronicles: News and media about global democracy

James Madison Quote knowledge1 About Democracy Chronicles

Democracy Chronicles is a news media venture focused on the all important effort to establish and strengthen democracy across the globe.  In the United States, Democracy Chronicles provides reporting on elections and election reform including universal ballot access, campaign finance reform, redistricting and transparency.   Once beyond the borders of the democratic world, this website focuses on the raging struggle for the establishment and strengthening of free and fair elections on every continent. 

Also, check out our Democracy Artists section where democracy artists of all kinds make political cartoons, poetry, design, graphic art, photography, music, video, drawings, animation, and other original art.

Democracy Chronicles is the product of a network of democracy activists and we are actively looking for creative new contributors to join our team.  If you or someone you know is interested in contributing there is no better time than the present.  We are expanding and we want to hear from people from all kind of backgrounds and perspectives.  Republican or Democrat, in Brooklyn or Bangladesh, we are looking for people who want to get their hands dirty and join the democracy fight.


The Map
1. List all major “players” in the system (eg. a marketplace may have two major players: buyers & sellers)

a. Online viewers

b. Volunteer writers/creators

c. Causes/Charities/Media/Democracy community

2. List out any selfish reasons why each player would need their contacts/friends to join the service

a. Online viewers - Want to share their political views, comments, polling answers and other contributions they made on DC.  Want to increase thier status and recognition by sharing DC news articles.  Want to show off to their friends about how much good they are doing

[#4] People want to feel powerful, and so if the system allows them to make more change in the world, that will feed their feeling of power. -- People want recognition and to affect their status in their particular circles of friends/contacts. The system will give them a great way to achieve higher status.

b. Volunteer writers/creators - Want to increase the exposure of their work to DC viewers and potential employers. Gain resume of published work.  Promote and gain support for their own pet causes within the forgiving limits of DC website goals of democracy.

Writers and creators of other democracy related work value exposure to our current viewers so they want more viewers to see our website, want to bolster prestige of our website and are willing participants in marketing campaigns which includes promote the website

[#4] Volunteer writers and creators want to become successful in their work and the website will allow them to do this by getting published on a website and gaining exposure. -- Many political writers and creators of artwork are dedicated to their ideas and are constantly looking for support to bring work to prominence. Sharing links to our website and participating in marketing will give them what they need.

c. Causes/Charities/Media/Democracy community - Want to raise awareness so will promote democracy website out to all supporters.  Want to promote their own cause and projects so will participate on our website and promote their work through our website.

[#4] Causes, Charities and the democracy community need exposure to affect more change in their particular sector and raise money through donations. Our website will add an additional marketing platform made up of our website's viewers.  

3. List out all things you could possibly charge each player for on the service

a. Online viewers - {{thinking}}

They could by books from our Amazon Associates Bookstore, possibly from one of our writers. Buy DC merchandise like T-shirts (not yet available).  Buy Made in the Democratic World” or "Made in a New Democracy" labled goods similar to enviornmental lables (not yet available).  They could donate money to one of our supported charities like Freedom House (not being tracked).

[#4] People want to feel powerful, and so if the system allows them to make more change in the world, that will feed their feeling of power. -- People want recognition and to affect their status in their particular circles of friends/contacts. The system will give them a great way to achieve higher status. By spending any money at any of DC's various stores or causes, viewers feel as though this power is real.

b. Volunteer writers/creators

Same as online.

c. Causes/Charities/Democracy community - Promote their pet causes with special deal advertisements. 

[#4] By driving donations to their causes and getting traffic to their website, DC can provide charities and the broader democracy focus community with an easy and targeted location to meet their potential donors and participants.  

4. For 2 and 3 above give a very short reason you think the player would be motivated to need their contact or pay for the service

{{see above in section 2 and 3}}

5. a. List the channels (email, facebook, text message, etc.) that you will send your users’ invites through and b. how you will get that contact data

a. email, Facebook, Twitter, weekly email newsletter, signup email newsletter

b. Have contact spreadsheet including roughly 400 email newsletter followers.  Have almost 700 Twitter followers. Import from webmail api's for AOL, Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail (for starters), and Facebook Connect

6. Create what those invites will look like


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