With your proposal you submit a concrete and concise plan, solution or initiative on a topic. You become an opinion leader and voters can vote for you and your proposal. You promote your proposal to attract more voters, which allows you to obtain more influence to realize your proposal. A proposal can be:
a plan, motion, initiative or solution.
a citizens' initiative.
a referendum or public consultation.
Every registered voter can submit a proposal for their own neighborhood, place, province, state, country or for every group that was joined. In particular, we urge professionals with extensive knowledge and experience in their field to present their proposals. Anyone who publishes a proposal becomes an opinion leader. Good proposals will convince many people and so attract many voters.
OpinionFirst automatically informs registered voters on your proposal. They can vote directly for your proposal. You and your voters can use a wide range of social media promotion options to bring your proposal quickly under the attention of thousands of potential voters. You consequently reach very quickly very many potential voters to support your proposal.
Opinion leaders and ambassadors for a proposal have the power to press for action from government, parliamentary bodies or councils based on the number of votes visible on OpinionFirst. The DemocracyFirst foundation can also press for action on your behalf and all kind of combinations are possible.
We advise you to prepare yourself by reading the standards and guidelines on how to write a successful proposal below.
OpinionFirst is a worldwide platform. Consequently, it is important to inform the right people about your proposal. Who should vote on your proposal? Which citizens, employees or members does it concern? OpinionFirst gives you a 'place' or 'group' suggestion, which you can change if needed.
Now that is clear who should receive your proposal, let's create it:
What is your proposal about? Select an existing OpinionFirst topic or start a new topic if that is not possible.
Make sure you have read the existing proposals before adding your proposal. This helps to prevent duplicates and ensures better voting results.
Express your proposal in a clear, complete and concise way in order to attract the maximum number of voters.
We recommend a catchy, not too long title. It should state what you propose that should be done. Do not respond on daily issues, make your proposal permanent.
Start your proposal with giving a brief summary. With this you attract voters. This text appears in invitations by e-mail, in proposal listings and on other places, so use the most important keywords.
Subsequently you can give background information, evidence, arguments, references and advantages of your proposal.
Some people include a personal story here. Remember that people won’t always know that much about the issue your proposal is about, so explain why you submit your proposal and what problem it solves.
You immediately can start promoting your proposal with a click on the blue button.
If you can't write a brief summary or have no arguments for a constructive proposal, then use a "Statement"!
A proposal is always related to a topic. If your topic is not already available, then first start a new topic and then add your proposal. Other opinion leaders can add their own proposals on the same topic, so several proposals and opinion leaders can compete to obtain the most votes. Winning a lot of votes can help you to influence the realization of your proposal. At the bottom of each proposal, you can check out the options 'Promote', 'About' and 'Comment'. You have many options for each proposal.
There are all kinds of proposals. Like most things in life, proposals come in all flavours. Some are successful, gathering tens of thousands of votes, and national media attention. Some disappear almost without a trace, maybe getting a few votes from the immediate circle of friends and family, but never really catching on.
Naturally you want people to take your proposal seriously. What makes a proposal successful is difficult to say. Some of it is timing. Some of it is just luck. Still, there are a few principles or guidelines for writing a successful proposal:
It's important to state your proposal concisely at the start. What is your solution or goal? Although a good proposal can include a certain amount of background and context, the first paragraph should make it absolutely clear what the proposal hopes to achieve.
If you want people to take your proposal seriously, then you need to spell-check your proposal and to put in the time to make sure your proposal sounds serious and professional.
It is good to have more persons review your proposal before publishing. More ideas and thoughts could clarify your proposal before publishing it. Other eyes read differently.
Your proposal should be ambitious, but realistic. The change or proposal you are advocating should be concrete and achievable. If visitors to your proposal think you're just shooting for the moon, they're unlikely to vote for your proposal, even if they support the cause.
It's important to make your point, but it's also important to do so politely. Potential voters are turned off by rude or offensive proposals even if they're sympathetic to the goals you're trying to achieve. The best proposals sound reasonable, intelligent, and willing to acknowledge other points of view.
It's important to remember that the Internet, one of the most powerful activism tools ever invented, is at your disposal. You may wonder if your voice will ever be heard. But online proposals are special precisely because they allow everyone to have a voice.
We do our best to maintain a good quality standard and only reject proposals that don’t meet OpinionFirst's standards. You can help to immediately report abuse under 'About' which can always be found at the bottom of every proposal, petition or 360º.
Our moderators maintain the quality of OpinionFirst. They are warned if something isn't decent and or does not comply with the 'Rights and Responsibilities'. They may decide to remove a proposal or contribution, if it's:
not using your real name and picture
On OpinionFirst everyone can comment on proposals, ideas, petitions and 360° contributions everywhere. We have no comment standards, but do appreciate constructive responses that comply with the local law.
A proposal can be changed until the first vote is given or another opinion leader has joined this proposal.
If an opinion leader stops, then the votes will be given to the other opinion leaders for the same proposal. If there are no other opinion leaders for this proposal, then the proposal and votes will be deleted. Deleting cannot be restored.
Registered voters can warn our moderators if a proposal isn't decent and or does not comply with the 'Rights and Responsibilities'.
Read about the options you have to successfully promote your proposal!