VoxVolo Blog

Covered Bridge in Albany, New Hampshire by Djmcrenn.

New Hampshire Primaries: A Triumph of Extremes (Sort Of)

February 10, 2016

As many did on Tuesday night, I watched the New Hampshire primary results come in with baited breath. I had been swept up in the clever, heavyweight-champion-of-the- world tone of the coverage. Would the pundits prove to be correct? Would Trump and Sanders triumph over their competition...

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Alberta Wheat Pool Grain Elevator by Steve Boar

A Tale of Two Politicians: The Genesis of VoxVolo

February 4, 2016

Ralph Klein was a polarizing political figure in Alberta, Canada where he was Premier from 1992 through 2006.  History will be kind to Ralph because with him, what you saw was what you got  He was famous for pointing out...

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Sunset at Nye Beach, Oregon by Michelle Klement.

The VoxVolo Crowdfunding Campaign Ends

December 1, 2015

It has been a wild ride. After 60 days and over 600 visitors from 56 countries around the world, our VoxVolo crowdfunding campaign has come to an end. Sadly we are short of our goal. However, there is lots for which to be thankful...

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One More of the Reichstag Dome by Fulvio Spada

The Beautiful Metaphors of the Reichstag Dome

November 20, 2015

I was watching the always affable Rick Steves doing a show on Berlin, Germany and he introduced the beautiful metaphors of the modern Reichstag Dome. Completed in 1999 and designed by Foster and Partners of London, it sits atop the historic Reichstag building where the modern German parliament — the Bundestag — meets. The new dome replaced the heavy, opaque structure destroyed by fire in 1933 in the midst of a much darker period of German history. The soaring new dome, almost literally rising from the ruins, embodies three visual metaphors which I find particularly striking...

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Artist's Conception of Curiosity Approaching Mars courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech

On What Planet Will Politicians Want To Be More Accountable?

November 9, 2015

Not this one. Maybe on Mars? I hear we are going there. But as soon as that first Martian colony of two or more is established and some sort of social order is set up, you can be sure that promises will get made and the argument will begin about whether they were kept or not. Making, keeping and breaking promises is intrinsic to human nature. The first casualty...

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Don Quixote in the Mountains by Honore Daumier circa 1850

If We Want to Use Technology to Renew Democracy, We're Starting in the Wrong Place

November 2, 2015

The way we democratically govern ourselves doesn’t make sense. If we are seriously contemplating getting into a car that doesn’t have a driver, for heaven's sake, why on earth would we govern ourselves with a system that has not fundamentally changed in a century or more? It seems preposterous...

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About VoxVolo

VoxVolo is about making elected governments work better. Unlike others, we do not think democracy is profoundly broken. It simply has not scaled up well for the number of voters it now serves and in how it addresses the complex issues of the modern world.