Small claims court fails to serve millions of people like us with money-related disputes. We have a solution that requires a large movement against The Establishment. Through your support of the Crowdjustice movement (please join by adding your name and email, located above this post), we will establish a new micro claims court of the 21st Century to help those with claims under $1,000.
I'm Jordan Bayless and along with my sister, Natasha, we are leading the movement.
So who are we and why should you join the movement?
I'm a sophomore engineering student at the University of Colorado. Natasha is an occupational therapy student at Colorado State University. As military brats (not bratwursts), we've lived in several places, including Oklahoma, Washington, Sicily, and finally settled in Colorado.
We love the outdoors and music. In fact, Natasha is a musician with the Colorado National Guard. Like Natasha, I'm also in the Colorado National Guard as an intelligence analyst. It's a great way to pay for college and serve your country. The state of Colorado pays all of our tuition in exchange for serving one weekend a month and two weeks in the summer. Natasha tours all across the state with her National Guard band and plays at major events, such as parades and holiday concerts.
In the time that we've been at college we've encountered several friends who were owed money but had no clear way to get their money. Small claims court was not a good option because of the time, money, and hassle involved with trying to recover a few hundred dollars.
In talking with friends and classmates, we discovered that there was real interest in coming up with a simple, cheap, and fair solution to the problem. Talking about a solution often came up in casual conversations with friends and many ideas were discussed, but none seemed simple enough to chase.
One day I was listening to some Ted Talks when I came across a talk, Institutions vs Collaboration, by Clay Shirkey, a prolific writer and lecturer on social networks. Clay's talk (and others that follow) points to a simple new concept: that old institutions can be replaced by distributed problem solving via the collaborative effect of the Internet.
This talk sparked the money dispute solution.
The solution made perfect sense: allow for the global Internet public to act as the jury to these micro claims cases. So essentially, we would create an online platform to distribute video arguments (cases) to the Internet public and allow voting on the final decision.
This whole new way of resolving disputes is called Crowdjustice. Knowing this could be huge led to the trademarking of the Crowdjustice name to protect it from misuse or abuse.
When I shared the solution with Natasha, she was fully onboard and excited. The solution would revolutionize how disputes are settled.
We shared the idea with friends who all thought it was the right answer and wanted to back our efforts. This led us to realize that this effort wasn't just the creation of a new website. This solution required a movement to educate the world on the new way of resolving disputes.
We're pumped! Please help educate the world about Crowdjustice. Join the movement by adding your name to the list (at top of page) and share the idea with others. Point them to this website to help them learn about our efforts. Share this website with friends on Facebook.
We are going to launch an Indiegogo campaign to seek your support in building the website and the movement. We'll keep you updated through this blog and emails (again, please join the movement by adding your name to the list of supporters).
This is gonna' be great!!