Rousseau has its roots in a revolutionary idea conceived by Beppe Grillo and Gianroberto Casaleggio: creating a movement of citizens who have in Internet an instrument of active participation through which put the individual, his history and his skills at the centre of political action. From this point of view, Internet was and remains the medium through which a real digital direct democracy can be achieved.
Early as 2012, on Beppe Grillo's blog, was released a first voting function thanks to which the members of the 5 Star MoVement selected their candidates for the 2013 general elections. In the same year, members of the Blog had the opportunity to vote for the first time in history for the name of the future President of the Republic.
In 2015, the need to have not only a voting platform, but a real operating ecosystem in which citizens could grow online led to the adoption of a first version of the Rousseau platform.
They were released the first functionalities that aimed to enable citizens to actively contribute to the legislative process. At the same time the Voting area was improved and it was created a network of lawyers dedicated to the legal protection of members.
In 2016 Gianroberto and Davide Casaleggio decided to push this project in an even more inclusive direction, giving a name to this ecosystem and creating an association with the goal of promoting and enhancing this ecosystem with the ultimate aim of not limiting citizens' participation to the virtual, but influencing physical reality through the web: thus the Rousseau Project and the Association of the same name were born. When Gianroberto has left us in April 2016, Davide Casaleggio decided to continue the project, being joined since 2018 by the other two members Enrica Sabatini and Pietro Dettori.
In these years Rousseau has seen several improvements, being appreciated for its support function to the activities of the 5 Stars MoVement and has dozens of functions on the digital platform and many training, information and participation projects and initiatives such as the Rousseau Villages, the Open Day Rousseau, the School or all the activities that aims to organize and maintain the community of citizens that every day touch Rousseau's great commitment to building an inclusive environment capable of maintaining and promoting the technological, social, legal, educational and administrative infrastructure of the 5 Stars MoVement.
It provides information on open job positions within the framework of institutional action and allows you to send your application to serve the political force.
It allows all citizens to participate in events, initiatives or training meetings, both physical and online, and to raise funds for the realization of the latter.
It allows citizens to support us with donations that are used to ensure the operation and development of the Rousseau Project.
It allows all members of parliament and regional councillors of the 5 Stars MoVement to publish their reports and make known to all citizens the returns made to the community.
Blog delle stelle
It allows all citizens to be constantly informed about the results achieved within the institutions by all elected and to learn about Rousseau's activities and projects.
Events and initiatives
Every year Rousseau organises events, initiatives and national tours to promote training, direct democracy and active citizenship.
Rousseau Open Academy
The Academy wants to create an open network of relationships between knowledge and people with the ultimate aim of giving concreteness, also operational, to digital citizenship.