candidate portal

The candidate portal is a primarily mobile portal to directly support campaign footsoldier electioneering.

used by candidate

user psychographic

The candidate is simply the most active footsoldier, seeking to become a representative, by doing many routine things in contact with constituents during elections.

A typical candidate is an ESTP temperament and is impatient with learning things that don't self-explain or groups that don't self-organize, e.g. Donald Trump.

user interface

The best prototype of such an interface is the ipod and podcast, the first step to a very personal computer. The HP H6325 is a typical such VPC of the year 2012 - see infra vision and a useful reference.

Put design feedback at next candidate portal -
follow the LP:layout style but with various worn device styles, focusing on HP H6325 capabilities especially podcast and read barcode functions.

via web

When viewing the web browser focused main page, or related factional entry points like Main Page Green or Main Page GPO or Main Page NDP-ON:


The candidate portal emphasizes only the current campaign issues: news gathering strong public reaction in the jurisdiction where they campaign, both long term and short term, and any standing related issues that have been related to the primary issue by the media in this one election. by 2006 LP must be able to track this as a consequence of the commitment that by 2007 LP will be capable of informing any candidate on any issue using HP H6325 capabilities. To focus on the interface in 2007 it is important to have the issue discipline by 2006.


Initially LP:by 2005-11-01 this is the simplest possible BlackBerry interface, exploiting chat facilities, e.g. AIM. It provides only a bare minimum access to LivingPlatform.CA itself focused on Living Agenda. It won't be expected to deal reasonably with big pages, only with a few pages that function as a PIM for a few specific commit verbs that matter in campaigns:

others can...

This portal provides some rendezvous service to others in the open politics web, who can exploit the fact that the candidate is using the interface to:

find the candidate

Keeping track of candidate timing and scheduling of commitments will also make it dead-simple to find the candidate's public appearances and to direct people to breaking events, e.g. a rival candidate's appearance in public, using a facility like the membermap membermap from civicmaps.org.

lobby the candidate

A lobbyist will be able to get people in front of the candidate systematically to push them on a certain issue. If the candidate and lobbyist are both using the open politics web then this can be monitored, else it's all just politics as usual and whoever can track the other or evade the other wins.


Candidate support is obviously not just software, it depends on specific campaign helpers, making this portal a piece of social software.

grassroots candidate support assuming fixed team of 3

By 2006 LP must support candidates in the Toronto municipal election, 2006 which is a key pilot project. It must provide very basic campaign team coordination for a single candidate supported by a single troll and an aide - the fixed trio assumed in all functionality that supports users as candidates.

teams of 3-6 created on the fly

Assuming this goes well, by 2007 LP will be optimized to publicize citizen initiatives and work with citizen initiative cards users pass out. There will be less dependence on fixed trios and more on tensegrity to define who is performing what function. There will be no direct faction support to keep candidates aligned with any political party in what they do or say - the only coordination is reliance on a list of policy terms.

custom per party

As it becomes clear what logistical and tactical problems dominate the candidate's time, this by 2008 LP will evolve the PIM into something like an Executive Information System for the candidate, integrated with a computer pin map for a political party.

Candidates and parties pay to use secure facilities, though transparent ones remain free and paid by donations. Also:


All paid-by-party capabilities can be billed centrally so that the party's own audit protocol is supported and any campaign expenses billed through Living Platform itself are easily and completely justified to auditors.

long term goals

knowing what constituents want to hear

By 2009 LP must process any constituent data available to put some likely FAQ material in front of candidates so they are prepared, e.g. in all-candidates meetings. This data can be names, email, postal codes or keywords from the list of policy terms. This is towards a goal:

By 2010 LP will make more extensive use of this data and reliance on the whole vocabulary to conduct political personality test to help pick an angle per conversation. The candidate will have an effective aide at all times, doing answer recommendation in the ear.

answer recommendation on demand: any constituent anytime

This feature will be eventually available to other users who do not pay but in a less customized just in time form.

By 2011 LP will provide services akin to "an interest group briefing on demand". The citizen takes control, and may subscribe to a service that feeds them information on what politician will be where, when, and how to contact them, and what statements they have made on issues of concern. The candidate is however ready for the challenge:

By 2012 LP will re-organize itself completely based on how constituent and candidate concerns converge so that the candidate is prepared for every conversation, and already has an interest group briefing for any constituent group that can be easily characterized.

anticipate and fully exploit hardware of 2012

Before 2012 it should also be cost-effective and practical to equip every single candidate even in an unfunded party with an HP H6325 equivalent very personal computer and integrate many such worn devices under something like the infra vision. At this point, this portal is "done".

See all OP visions for how LivingPlatform.CA itself integrates into the open politics web by that time.