Non-governmental and non-profit organization “Sabiedrības Līdzdalības Fonds” aka 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 Open2Vote.eu, Lemejs.lv and OpenSaeima.lv are being developed and maintained.
The organization’s mission is to create and strengthen the digital democracy ecosystem in Latvia and the world. Behind this mission are essential elements, such as the security and sustainability of humanity, inclusive power, and participatory society. This is how we see the Latvia of the future and the world of the future. These are not “just words” – our daily work and every project we implement are purposefully subordinated to these long-term goals and mission. One of the organization’s long-term goals is to increase the capacity of public participation in decision-making processes. Our goals also include mobilizing various public resources for effective governance and transferring Latvia’s public digital participation experience internationally.
The biggest challenge for the organization is to involve politically and socially passive citizens in civic activities. When developing new digital tools and improving existing ones, we always think about whether it will be interesting for every inhabitant of Latvia to use them and how we can encourage people to use them more and more actively.
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.