Activist Craig Boehman wants to change the world, one occupation at a time.
Najla RM Jones, New Jersey mom of two adorable aspies, as she calls them, is a champion for autism.
Worldwide Helpers founder Roya Elghanian is giving volunteers and organisations the power to share, connect and make a difference.
Positive Mom blogger Elayna Fernandez is passionate about motherhood, motivation and mompreneurship.
Cuneyt Ozdemir is a leading Turkish journalist and producer who’s an advocate for free speech and public debate in his country.
Pakistani blogger and amateur photographer Haroon Riaz believes in free speech.
Imran Amed, founder of The Business of Fashion, shares his unique insights and understanding of the creative and commercial sides of the fashion industry.
You’ll meet all of them and thousands of others on State, a completely new kind of communications platform, a global opinion network. A place where people connect based on what they think, not who they know. State lets people communicate in a lucid, non-competitive way. A place where you don’t need hashtags, followers, or fame to be heard, just an opinion. The solution we discovered was at the convergence of design simplicity and semantic intelligence. A way to express opinions in a quick and fun way that also provides enough information with which to interpret, count, and connect them.
My brother Mark and I recruited a world class team to create State. We believe that everyone deserves a powerful voice online, no one should be left out, and when everyone’s opinions count, a more complete picture emerges and good things happen.
In barely six months of activity in our closed alpha, we’ve seen the proliferation of views on the iPhone 5C in anticipation of its launch virtually predict its reception in the market. We revealed common ground between hardcore capitalists and socialists, that could potentially bring them together. We’ve observed a groundswell of support for Edward Snowden, in spite of many of his supporters being unsurprised by the existence of PRISM. And we’ve not only discovered that State’s early users dislike Justin Bieber, but more importantly why. We’ve just scratched the surface of what organised opinions can do - imagine what could be revealed as we grow.
People don’t need to run into the street to change the world. With State we aimed to make stating an opinion simple enough so anyone could participate as they might in a town square. Not just extremists, not just the witty or well read, but regular people too, the moderates, the majority, those that are otherwise silenced by the chaotic and competitive nature of today’s web. Let the greatest ideas rise to the surface but let’s also not make eloquence a requirement for having one’s voice heard. Today, 98% of people out there don’t ever get heard. History will judge this as being unjust and likewise a huge wasted opportunity to advance society politically and otherwise. Whether it be for social justice, the advancement of a great product over a lousy one, or the amusement of culture, it is by connecting people through what they think, enabling them to learn something or to take action, so that society can progress faster.
That’s not to say that State is all about higher purpose, it turns out we all have opinions on everything from bacon to babies on planes. With 25 million topics to choose from, you’re bound to find at least one thing you’re passionate about. Or add your own.
With State we’re levelling the playing field for everyone by allowing them to express their opinions quickly and delivering them to the people who most need to hear them. For those in positions of leadership or influence, State offers the first many-to-one capability that can precisely map the prevailing sentiment on key issues. These are opinions shared spontaneously, not extracted from a survey.
This year, on the 25th anniversary of the web’s creation, we’re thrilled to unveil State to the public. We have garnered the support of Web creator Tim Berners-Lee, Upworthy’s Eli Pariser, physician and best-selling author Deepak Chopra, philanthropist and UN Envoy Ray Chambers, Skype and Atomico founder Niklas Zennström, American industrialist Len Blavatnik and entertainment guru Troy Carter, to name just a few.
Recently, I stated about lychees, lobbying, Chris Christie and American Hustle.
Download the State iOS app or visit State.com. Android app coming soon!