Based on our findings, we envision Pul, a blockchain based distribution system that allows homeless people to have their voices heard in the decision making process at the local government level. Pul would consist of a series of kiosks set up in public places that are frequently visited by homeless people, such as in soup kitchens and homeless shelters. The users would be able to interact with the kiosks through an interactive menu that would be primarily voice and image based. The kiosks would provide useful information to the users, such as employment opportunities and information about other soup kitchens and shelters. At the same time, the kiosks would get information from the users on issues that they face, as well as elicit feedback from them on local government policies that are directly affecting them. By recording this information on a blockchain and making it publicly available, we would help civil society organizations to use this data and apply pressure on the government to consider the voices of people who are frequently ignored in civic decision making processes.
The users would use any government ID to record their responses into the kiosk. At the backend, the blockchain would use a Zero-Knowledge protocol to verify the identity of the user without recording any identifiable information. This feature is critical to ensure that the information collected from the people is completely anonymized.
A huge shoutout to Shreyas, Karen and Ryan for an awesome experience building Pul!