Richard Fobes

Richard Fobes

Solutions Through Innovation

Biography

The presenter is the author of The Creative Problem Solver’s Toolbox: A Complete Course in the Art of Creating Solutions to Problems of Any Kind (published around the world in 10 languages) and Ending the Hidden Unfairness in U.S. Elections which are available in ebook versions as well as printed editions. He has created multiple open-source projects including VoteFair ranking software, the Dashrep language, the Quick Rolling Spectral Transform (QRST), and the VDO text editor. His interactive websites include NegotiationTool.com and VoteFair.org. His static websites include SolutionsCreative.com, Dashrep.org, and BanSingleMarkBallots.org.

Open Source Bridge 2017

Proposals for this user

* Voting-Method-Reform Activism

Activists around the world are experimenting with using voting to coordinate their decisions, and it's obvious that secure, open-source software must handle this form of communication. Yet typically such software is developed without involving "voting architects" who understand the math behind fair and unfair voting methods. Let's bridge this gap. Together we can build surveys and decentralized collaboration systems that bring democracy to very high levels of fairness, especially compared to the intentionally unfair use of single-mark ballots in governmental elections.
Activism 2017-03-13 06:20:31 +0000
Richard Fobes

Open Source Bridge 2014

Proposals for this user

* Rating, ranking, and voting, the other social-media communication method

A parallel universe exists alongside text-based social media. Product ratings and customer-feedback surveys and organizational elections provide another path through which people communicate. Yet when we look at product ratings and survey results and election outcomes, do they always provide meaningful information? No. What tricks can we use to "outvote" other voters? Most importantly, how should your website or app or organization do the counting behind rating and ranking and voting? Alas, innovative DIY approaches easily give disastrous results. Only open-source software can produce trustworthy results. And only an understanding of counting methods can empower us to produce meaningful results.
Chemistry 2014-03-29 19:02:05 +0000
Richard Fobes