Creating a Ruck.us – No Political Parties, Just People

June 14, 2011

3:24 pm

It’s a pretty common belief that the two-party political system in America is broken and no longer represents the diverse views we hold as a nation. Defining ourselves simply as “Democrats” or “Republicans” diminishes the importance of our individual beliefs and limits our choice as voters.

DC-based startup Ruck.us wants to change the way we organize ourselves politically.  They recognize that individual networks are more powerful than political parties, and that the issues we face are more important than the politics surrounding them. Ruck.us helps you find politically like-minded people, share ideas, and take collective action to create the change you want to see in your community and your country.

You start by finding like-minded people. Simply answer a few thought-provoking questions about your views, politics, and values and you’ll be matched up with other Ruck.us members who think like you. This instantly created group is called your “Ruck”.

You can follow your Ruck’s political activity across Ruck.us, Facebook, and Twitter, see what issues they’re discussing, and which petitions they’re signing.

Ultimately, Ruck.us is about taking action. Think of your Ruck as a megaphone that lets you super-charge your ideas by instantly getting them into the hands of people who are most likely to be passionate about them.

Founders Nathan Daschle, former Executive Director of Democratic Governors Association, and Raymond Glendening, former Political Director of Democratic Governors Association, will be on hand to demo Ruck.us at our Tech Cocktail DC Summer Mixer on Thursday night.  Stop by and say hi!

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Monika Jansen is a writer and editor who is happiest pounding out blog posts, newsletters, website content, and other materials. Follow her at: @monikacjansen

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