The founder of Parti, Oh-Hyun Kwon is an IT program developer that has the goal of contributing in making a peaceful and pleasant world through the internet. In 2016, he worked in Daum Corporation as a project organizer and developer. He made a discussion platform called ‘Agora’ and a bloggers’ content distribution channel ‘Blogger News’. After he resigned, he founded an IT solution company called ‘UFO Factory.’
He recently founded a developer cooperative that develops a citizen initiative democratic online platform for political issues called ‘Parti’. While thinking of what tool would be needed for citizens when they are not gathered in the square together, Parti created a community-media-civic group combined online model that helps citizens easily gather and systemize an issue organizing. Voting, debating, and archiving functions are assorted, and Parti helps anyone easily create an online party.
The name ‘Parti’ comes from the french word, as they hope people can ‘participate’ in political ‘parties’ pleasantly like a ‘party.’ Parti is actualizing a ‘direct democracy platform’ for citizens to autonomously gather opinions online and take action, but they are also using IT to catalyse these communities of citizens raising their voices through empathy and creating a loose solidarity.
Currently ‘Parti’ is a social venture on the co-op with six organizers, developers and designers. They are developing and running the democratic community platform ‘Parti,’ and a digital direct democratic platform called ‘Would You Party.’ Although it is not an official political party, they have experimented with making a project party and is working to expand these activities. They are still ongoing their experiments on ‘everyday democracy.’