This web site is a proposal to build web and mobile capability that will allow people to rate and review employers and providers of products and services like health care, education, housing, and transportation.
We focus on getting our basic human needs met. We will learn from positive reviews, and from the negative ones, we will be able to take action, by talking to each other, and by finding highly rated groups to help us, like unions, tenant organizations, health care advocates, and consumer groups…
In this way, we will change and improve our lives and the world, one employer, institution, company, hospital, school, government agency, and landlord at a time.
We now have a small but valiant team
including a developer, a content manager, and someone to consider how we incorporate, become a non-profit, and raise funds. I and our three other team members all have experience with kids, schools, and the healthcare system.
This says-us web site is hosted on May First / People Link web servers, and we are being actively advised and assisted by people from Agaric, a worker owned and managed Drupal development company.
Orsan and I participated in the DL14 conference, and we got to present says-us to a small but important group of attendees, including people from Turkopticon, (see below), Dynamo, and Agaric. We have developed prototype questions which are now being circulated for review and comment.
We are looking at contratados.org, turkopticon.org, inhersight.com, glassdoor.com, ratemyemployer.ca, and greatschools.org as examples of rating and review systems from which we can learn.
If you are willing to help in any way, please send email to email@example.com.
We are developing questions – and could use your feed-back. Here is a link to our Alpha2 questions
A message sent to the World Social Forum Discuss list:
We have a project to build a really big pitchfork (as in, “the peasants have pitch forks and are storming the castle”). Is anyone on this list interested in helping?
Take a look at says-us.net . Says-us advocates building a rating + reviews + whistle blowing + organizing + action system, encompassing all domains of need. Using the Foucauldian notion that institutions are born through problematization, says-us is a vehicle for self-expression, and problematization. With that comes the abolition, modification, and creation of institutions. Says-us addresses the question of “whose problem?” and “whose solution?” by giving voice and power to everyone with web / mobile access.
Any big thinkers and even bigger doers out there?