Think you like IserveU but have no idea how it works? Read this

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You may have heard of IserveU, but what exactly is it and how does it work? Basically, it’s a made-in-Yellowknife online voting platform where Yellowknife voters can login, share comments and vote on issues at City Hall.

Three things you should know about IserveU

  • 100% Made in YK – IserveU’s been developed entirely in Yellowknife, by Yellowknifers. If one or more candidates using the platform are elected during Monday’s city election, Yellowknife would be the first North American city to put something like this in place.
  • Not-for-Profit – IserveU is open-source software, which means it’s freely available for anyone to use. The people who created it won’t make money from it, but it could be used by communities and countries around the world.
  • Best of Both Worlds – The system only produces a binding result when many people vote on an issue. When they don’t, the site is more like a tool that lets you tell councillors what you think. The video below shows what “best of both worlds” means and how the system works.

How do I vote for IserveU?

There are three candidates running in Monday’s city election and using this system: Rommel Silverio, Marie-Soleil Lacoursiere and Dane Mason. By voting for one or all of these candidates, you’re voting for strong, forward-thinking representatives who care about Yellowknife and also showing your support for IserveU.

For more information and FAQs about IserveU, click here. Assuming at least one candidate is elected, there’s also an IserveU 101 on Saturday the 24th of October at Northern United Place at 1pm. Bring your ID and a laptop/smartphone and we’ll get you setup, voting and commenting.

Disclosure: The co-founder of IserveU, Paige Saunders, is a partner in Verge Communications Ltd., which publishes EDGE YK magazine and EDGE Online, though Saunders is not involved, in any way, in editorial decision-making. This sponsored post is an advertisement paid for by the NWT-registered IserveU society.

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