MyVoice

Organisation MyVoice, founded in 2011, works in the field of digital democracy and public engagement. MyVoice mission is to develop and promote digital tools for better civic participation in decision making processes. Under the MyVoice brand, the globally recognised platform ManaBalss.lv, as well as other civic engagement tools like ParvaiPret.lv and Lemejs.lv are being developed and maintained.

According to our existing information, ManaBalss.lv is the most successful platform for citizens of digital democracy worldwide. It is recognized as an open government success story globally, mentioned by then-US President Obama and featured in the New York Times and The Guardian, as well as recognized as a success story by organisations like OECD, UN, European Commission, European Parliament. We are currently working actively with Ukraine and North Macedonia, looking forward to establish cooperation in other countries.

Our history

2010

The portal was created by two enthusiastic young people –  Kristofers Blaus and Jānis Erts. They both thought that good ideas should not be at the home at the kitchen table – they must get to decision-makers and even further. In 2010, work on the creation of the portal began.

2011

In June 2011, the new ManaBalss.lv portal initially contained only two initiatives – “open offshors” and “open the Saeima!”. Several hundred signatures were collected in the first hours of the portal. Two days later, President of Latvia turned to the public with a call for the signing of initiatives.

2014

ManaBalss.lv is now in two languages! In order to promote the involvement of Latvian public society in democratic processes and to facilitate as many people as possible both the submission of initiatives and the process of signing initiatives, a version of the platform in Russian is launched.

2017

The first version of the digital platform ParVaiPret.lv is transferred to the public assessment. The platform was created to promote a link between the decision-making authority and the public, offering a wider audience to respond to questions decided by the Saeima.

2018

The launch of the Lemejs.lv digital participation platform, which offers organisations a single tool that combines both the questionnaire fuction and the co-decision function – to make suggestions, to discuss other proposals, and to create smaller groups to vote together on different issues.

2020

At the beginning of the year, we are actively working on the unifying homepage of the organisation of MyVoice, which will unite and provide information on all the tools offered by MyVoice.