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Our Journey

Turning an idea into a movement

We began in April 2018 with nothing more than an idea and have progressed quickly from there. From the outset, we set our sights almost comically high; to change the trajectory of our nation by applying the proven methods of crowdfunding and crowdsourcing to politics on a massive scale for the first time. To accomplish that goal, we’d need to attract and engage a large and diverse Member base as we design and deploy a scalable software platform to refine Member ideas and build consensus. It’s a big job, but someone has got to do it.

Due to the high cost of software development, we’ll need considerable financial support before the monthly dues paid by Members cover our operating costs. Most political non-profits depend on a small number of wealthy benefactors for the majority of their support and while that is the traditional way to raise a large amount of money, such a strategy could forever paint us as either a liberal or conservative organization, depending on the source of those funds.  In politics, perception is reality and our mission demands that we not be labeled as either liberal or conservative.

Our solution was to limit the support that an individual could offer us to a maximum of $1000 per year and try to find a large number of such individuals which we call Founders. So for the time being (until our Member base grows sufficiently), we are largely relying on the generous financial support of our Founders.

Some Founders wanted to give more, so we decided to treat any individual’s support of more than $1,000 as an interest-free loan which will be repaid to them once our financial resources will allow it. We decided to further limit the amount of such loans to a maximum of $9,000 per person. Additionally, we will not accept any free goods, services or cash donations from any corporation and we pay the prevailing rates for all outside products and services we procure. We are committed to transparency in all of our finances and will make our quarterly financial reports available to you online. We are still seeking funds from new Founders so please click here to let us know you are interested in supporting this movement.

On our way to 10,000 members

In this earliest growth phase, our financial resources remain limited. We will have hired a small full-time staff while making extensive use of contractors and volunteers. We’ll operate this website, build out our IT infrastructure, sign up as many Founders and Members as we can and publish emails and blog posts to keep our members and email followers up-to-date on our progress.

Our outreach during this crucial period will consist of identifying social media influencers from across the geographic, political and socioeconomic spectrum that are thoughtfully selected to make sure our Member base grows in an inclusive and balanced manner. 

We will also begin soliciting Propositions from our Members in five broad categories of public policy;

  • Domestic and Foreign Policy
  • Healthcare, Wellness & Pharmaceuticals
  • Sustainability and the Environment
  • Privacy, Technology, Education & Internet 
  • Taxation, Finance and Banking 

Once Propositions have been submitted, we’ll test and refine our ‘consensus building platform’ by publishing those to our Members while seeking both positive and negative feedback from them.  If a Proposition appeals to all three of our Member groups (liberal, independent and conservative), we’ll ask the full Member base for a vote. Propositions which receive a supermajority of Member support are then adopted as Issues into our Platform. If a Proposition fails to achieve a simple majority from all Member groups or a Supermajority of all Members, the author may elect to modify or withdraw it. 

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