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The #bigppcquiz enables voters to match to candidates directly online for the first time

A5 candidate match

So far 300 pioneering General Election 2015 candidates from all parties, and several independents, have done the #bigppcquiz which in turn enables voters to match directly to candidates.

If you are a candidate, you just need to get your unique quiz link directly from us at PositionDial to take part. Please email mariam@positiondial.com for details.

We are directly inviting all PPCs (Prospective Parliamentary Candidates) via email and Twitter with thanks to the contact details provided on yournextmp.com but there are some we do not have, so please get in touch if you haven’t got your quiz link yet.

As a voter, you can see your candidate matches on your Election 2015 results page. And filter to your constituency to see how you match to candidates you can actually vote for:


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PositionDial live at the Fikay Fashion Foundation Launch!

Fikay Foundation Fashion Show Fikay bag

PositionDial proudly supported the recent Fikay Fashion Foundation launch. Guests interacted live throughout the night at a special PositionDial page created for the event.

PositionDial for Fikay

The event brought to life the Fikay brand and the purpose behind its new Fashion Foundation

“Fikay Fashion is here to lift people out of poverty and bring colour to peoples lives. Wear it. Look good. Do good”

Fikay  download (3)

The Fashion show on the night showcased Fikay’s upcycled accessories and bags, including wallets and guitar cases:

Fikay Fikay

We worked with Karlo, Co-founder and event organiser, to develop a series of highly relevant statements for event attendees to respond to. Helping them get closer and respond to the issues Fikay cares about, by clicking to get their PositionDials:

Fikay PositionDial

“Enabling our attendees to engage via PositionDial helped people think and interact about the issues that matter to us most, ranging from Employment to Empowerment to Education – the three E’s we believe have the power to break the cycle of poverty and make a real change in this world. A cause and purpose that stretches far beyond your average fashion brand…”

Karlo Faggetter, Fikay Co-founder 

If you’re interested in engaging your event guests via a custom PositionDial experience please email me – mariam @ positiondial.com.

Photo credit (all event photos):  Aleksandra Jordan

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PositionDial LSE Launch: time for action

Last Wednesday we held PositionDial‘s LSE Launch party in association with Polis.  It was a triple-decker launch –

  1. To LSE students
  2. Of our new responsive site
  3. And lastly, most excitingly, of our new action matches feature

As it’s our first post – I’ll summarize PositionDial super-quick..

See the different sides of the story

positiondial UK in Europe Independence or Union

Seen a trending issue, news story or blog post? Want to see a different perspective? Think there’s a different side you’re not being shown? Check PositionDial – whether left, right, traditional, progressive, pro-independence or pro-union – we show you the different sides of the story in one place so you’re not left wondering.

Get your PositionDial

Get your PositionDial

React to Position statements to get your PositionDial – a dynamic, living representation of  where you stand on the issues you care about.

Explore your action matches

MP action dial example Action matches show you which brands, organisations and MPs line up with your position. We’ve started with an initial spread of companies and UK politicians – and are building up. If there’s a politician or (independent) company data source you’d urgently like us to add, just let us know. Our MP action matches are powered by data positioned (by us) from TheyWorkForYou.com

Why oh why

During the event I spoke on the deep problems our research at PositionDial has uncovered: from a lack of trust in centers of power, to the decline in participation at elections, to difficulty seeing and navigating different perspectives (aka the filter bubble), to the huge and growing demand from people, institutions, politicians and businesses alike, to know, understand and make better decisions in relation to the issues that matter.

I also touched on ‘agonistic pluralism’ – a core concept which underpins PositionDial – essentially it supports providing space for difference, not striving for consensus. And having a deep respect and concern for ‘the other.’

And how

Organising everything by position and perspective makes it easy to see, compare and find everything in an entirely new way.

David, our super-full-stack CTO, who quite heroically rebuilt PositionDial’s whole (big data) platform in a matter of weeks single-handedly – gave a quick tour of the pd magic…

He’ll be sharing more of how he’s making it all happen here when some feeling returns to the end of his fingers.

Never a word wasted

It was a great crowd in the room – we heard a raft of sharp and insightful feedback.  If you were there..  be assured not a word was wasted and we will be discussing your ideas in the pages of this blog and more importantly (in keeping with the pd spirit) turning them into action.

Two sides: Austerity

Richard Seymour cllr Harry Phibbs

We were also super-stoked to host a fascinating debate on austerity between Richard Seymour (writer at Leninology and The Guardian) and Harry Phibbs (Conservative Councillor and regular at Conservative Home).

Their totally different perspectives on austerity, the UK economy, and the global financial system more broadly – powerfully brought to life the value of hearing both sides of the story.

You can listen to their debate here (Dropbox audio download) and react to Position statements from both on PositionDial.

Give in to us

For PositionDial to work it needs to be powered by everyone. You can add media and opinion right now by clicking on the ‘Position empty’ sign and we will be adding more ways to contribute as the weeks roll on.

In the meantime, we are very open to suggestions via email, Twitter or comments on:

  • Topics to cover
  • Authors / bloggers
  • Action data sources
  • Position statements
  • Blog posts / articles / videos
  • Anything you think should be positioned differently

(We are still bug fixing from the big change over so please excuse any hiccups.)

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