Keren Flavell is the founder of Poll Town, a civic engagement tool that raises awareness of public opinion on critical issues of the day. She is a media innovator, with over 25 years experience working in print, radio, live events and digital.
With Poll Town, she has developed a platform for helping local publishers create public opinion reports from short polls embedded in news stories. Her globally distributed team of programmers and designers have been iteratively working on a system to overcome the problem of low participation in government outreach. The first version of the tool, launched in Melbourne in January 2013 as Townhall Social, was a single question survey app on Facebook.
It was used by over 80 organizations including the African National Congress and the Vietnamese Government.She moved to the USA in mid-2016 to rebrand as Poll Town and start working with publishers to better harness the motivation of people to have their voices heard.
Prior to Poll Town she co-founded a virtual reality television network in Second Life, produced an award-winning online documentary about the history of techno music, wrote a guidebook to Australia’s national parks, and co-hosted a public radio show about emerging web trends.
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