NEW YORK, May 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The launch of Speakup, a next-generation face-to-face video platform designed to spark chains of thoughtful interaction, today marks a shift toward authentic, meaningful conversation for anyone searching for a respectful place to engage in real-world issues. Thoughtful conversations about things that really matter have become lost amid the clutter of today's social landscape. Whether confined to character limits or restricted by unavoidable feather ruffling that comes with the anonymity of social posts, discussing big-picture topics without the fear of judgment is a challenge, especially for socially conscious citizens. Speakup aims to change all of that for good.
Created by entrepreneurs Alexander Lasky, Hugh Dornbush, and TC Meggs, Speakup facilitates real-time dialogue and community among individuals united by their shared interests, across a spectrum of channels. Anyone with a point of view can speak up by uploading 24-second videos into the Speakup universe, allowing folks who resonate with that message to respond at their convenience. These dialogue threads remain in the database so users can explore video content on topics of their choice and reengage with their favorite video at any time.
Popular influencers, including Michael Strahan, Doug Ellin and Wiz Khalifa, have already made appearances on Speakup. American actress, model, advocate and nationally acclaimed artist Mia Tyler is set to host an "Ask Me Anything" video session to promote self-awareness and positive body image. The "Ask Me Anything" forum will be an ongoing platform where renowned nutrition expert Keri Glassman and LGBT author Michael Thomas Ford are among several influencers slated to "Speakup."
Where does a mother whose son was recently diagnosed with autism go to ask other parents for advice? What questions would a young man who recently enlisted in the army ask an active-duty peer on the front lines? How can political activists express themselves without judgment or censorship? Speakup accommodates a full-range of personalities, perspectives and experiences; check out a snapshot of current conversations you can join here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RK0MHAHKBE4&feature=youtu.be #PeopleMatter
A passion for harnessing the power of organic video content inspired Lasky to bring Speakup to the world. "Technology has become so pervasive in our daily routines that people hardly ever glance up from screens to engage in face-to-face conversation," Lasky says. "We want people to feel comfortable looking up, speaking up and advancing dialogue around issues that matter most to them. We're reinventing how people talk to each other and removing barriers that divide us by focusing on experiences and ideas that we have in common."
Speakup is a revolutionary, next-generation communication platform that reinvents the way people engage in real conversations by empowering them to communicate with the world, instead of at it. Based on the explosive trend of creating and uploading video content in real-time, Speakup is the only platform available for people to have face-to-face video discussions on topics that matter to them, allowing them to connect in a new and more personal way. Speakup employs channels across innumerable subjects that provoke stimulating video conversation and give individuals a uniquely accessible way to interact with one another, while providing a safe environment where people can see and know whom they are connecting with – mitigating negativity and cyber-bullying. The Speakup app is available as a free download on iOS devices. Follow the Speakup app on Facebook and Twitter. For more information, visit http://www.speakup.as/.
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