2013 saw Congressional approval ratings plummet to record lows: 73% of Americans now say lawmakers have done nothing to address the nation’s problems. As we look ahead to the coming year, our biggest challenge is finding better ways to make our democracy work the way it should.

There is cause for hope. Evidence abounds that the public is less polarized than the Congress, and more willing to hear both sides, come to agreement and solve problems. But the people’s voice is not getting through.

What Congress needs are better ways to bring the informed voice of the people to bear, using new methods and today’s technology, to counter the polarizing effects of partisanship and special interests.

That’s where Voice Of the People has something truly exciting to offer in 2014!

In the coming months, we will begin building out our innovative Citizen Cabinet model in a few selected states and congressional districts. Soon those Members of Congress will have an impartial, highly accurate and fully transparent, new way to tap into the informed voice of the people, on a range of issues coming before Congress in the New Year.

We hope to show conclusively that “We the People” really do have something to offer, to help Congress cut through the ‘noise’ of competing special interests, and make better decisions that reflect the common good. And every American will be able to use these new tools, to put ourselves in the policymakers shoes, learn more about the tough issues and tradeoffs Members of Congress face, and more effectively engage with our representatives.

A better-working Congress, a more informed and engaged citizenry: Not bad goals to shoot for in the New Year. But we’ll need your help to expand this effort into more states and districts.

Fixing our democracy is a big task, but it starts with a few small steps: Make your first New Year’s resolution to sign our petition and make an online donation to give the American people a greater voice. Let’s get started. Help us spread the word today!

And have a very Happy New Year.