The Independent Voter Network (http://ivn.us/
) is a new kind of news network, an online news platform for communication between independent-minded voters, public officials, civic leaders, and journalists. The Network is dedicated to providing political analysis and rational commentary in an effort to elevate the level of our public discourse.
IVN is committed to the belief that democracy functions best when the most people participate. Today's political climate discourages such a participatory democracy. This is evidenced by the fact that current congressional approval rating is just over 10%. Trust in the news media is under 40%. And, most importantly, voters are fleeing the parties in record numbers, with 40% of Americans self-identified as independent voters
The purpose of IVN.us is to provide unfiltered political news and policy analysis across the political spectrum. Unlike traditional media outlets and elsewhere in the "blogosphere" where the diversity of viewpoints is often reduced into partisan circles, IVN actively encourages contributors and readers of differing political tendencies to engage in a constructive dialogue.
One of the ways we elevate the level of political discourse is through the use of social media. We've created channels on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, Pinterest, and Tumblr to reach out to users online who share a frustration with politics today.
Join the network and our mission to restore open dialogue, public engagement, and constructive compromise in our political system.