Vancouver Tech Podcast Ep.69: John Richardson, CEO of Ethelo Decisions

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Host Drew Ogryzek opens the show with more special mentions and giveaways!

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Special guest John Richardson of Ethelo Decisions

Special guest John Richardson is the founder and CEO Ethelo Decisions, a social enterprise dedicated to new ways of doing group decision making, using online technology. Ethelo was born out of trying to find a way of impacting and improving democracy, and answering the question: “What is democracy going to look like in 10, 15, or 20 years, or more importantly, what does it need to look like if we’re going to address the major challenges facing society today?”

With a unique technology that enables groups to make complicated decisions, Ethelo is a mix of commercial enterprise, selling that technology to government and large organizations, and a non-profit organization that provides its technology for free to citizens and organizations that want to engage citizens in doing democratic decision making.

Ethelo can help groups with strategy, high-value decisions like investments, or engaging the public or experts in developing the framework for legislation and regulations. They have several working demos to explore, including using Ethelo for deciding policy around marijuana legislation, international treaties, a neighborhood park, and participatory budget.

For developers interested in democracy as infrastructure, some exciting plans are on the roadmap. Open sourcing the core algorithm behind Ethelo and launching an API are scheduled for as early as sometime this year.


Theme music by A Shell In The Pit from the game Parkitect

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Drew Ogryzek

Drew Ogryzek

As a software developer, lead organizer of HackerNest Vancouver, organizer of the Vancouver Tech Meetup, and founder of the Vancouver Tech Podcast, Drew is very active in Vancouver's tech community. Find him on Twitter at @drew_bro