MiVote founder Adam Jacoby is revolutionising democracy

MiVote founder Adam Jacoby is revolutionising democracy


We’re at a critical junction point
in democracy, and it’s very easy to sit back and to critique,
and to sit on the periphery, and kind of be annoyed and
angry about what’s happening but the challenging thing is
to actually do something. MiVote offered what I call
the grammar of what is possible. It’s challenging what is possible
with democracy. MiVote is a reinvention of the way
democracy works, we’re a social movement,
a political movement that has used technology
as a mechanism to better deliver
the voice of the people, and governments can actually start
delivering on what their constituents want. Everywhere I go from the top to
the bottom in every country, everybody is concerned
that they don’t have a voice, everybody is concerned
that people can buy policy outcome, everybody’s concerned that
there isn’t transparency and there’s no accountability. And they want a better
world, and they want us as a community
to make better decisions, and so it’s up to all of us
as citizens to stand up and demand something more and
so that’s really what MiVote is about. I did a Master of Entrepreneurship
and Innovation, over the last decade plus what’s become increasingly
obvious to me is in fact it’s the “I” part that matters and that it’s the innovation that will
withstand the test of time. The ability to
understand the market to have an ecosystem approach
that will serve you well pretty much anywhere
you go. If what you’re looking for
is to change things or to have impact, for me the “I” is becoming
much much more important. I also studied a
Masters’ at Swinburne, I judge a learning journey
by how much it challenges you, destabilises your thinking,
your feeling, your being, and that was an incredible experience
by some of the most phenomenal educators
that you’ll come across, and that was such a critical part
of me being able to both enjoy, I think,
and thrive in life at MiVote. My career has gone back and forth
between politics and the private sector, and I saw firsthand
the frustrations and the ethical compromise
of the system, and how much the actual public will was not
being taken into account. A couple of years ago
MiVote was being seeded, so I was starting to
think about the world that my kids
were growing up in. What I was seeing
around the world was an environment where a lot of decisions
were getting made on behalf of my children that they had no say in what
was going to happen, and in fact at that point I decided “No” this thing that I’ve been doing
on the side, MiVote, I was now going full time, and really invest all of my
energy, time, money into it.

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