Pluribus Brings Together 14 Projects Reconnecting Political Campaigns with the Public

  • 18 Million Rising has combined new tech with expertise in mobilizing volunteers to break down the language barrier so that the 20% of Americans who speak a language other than English at home and the almost 7% who speak no English can still participate in civic and political life. Watch the pitch.
    18 Million Rising has combined new tech with expertise in mobilizing volunteers to break down the language barrier so that the 20% of Americans who speak a language other than English at home and the almost 7% who speak no English can still participate in civic and political life. Watch the pitch.
  • The former Republican campaign strategist who took down the House Majority Leader while being outspent 20:1 joins forces with the mastermind from several left-wing campaigns to develop an open source guide for running a $250,000 competitive congressional campaign. Watch their pitch.
    The former Republican campaign strategist who took down the House Majority Leader while being outspent 20:1 joins forces with the mastermind from several left-wing campaigns to develop an open source guide for running a $250,000 competitive congressional campaign. Watch their pitch.
  • Young people want to be part of the political dialogue. Together with Mic and Public Radio International, the 92nd Street Y is hosting the UnConvention, a multi-media, multi-platform conversation of, by, and for millennials about what matters to them this election season. Watch the pitch.
    Young people want to engage in political dialogue. Together with Mic and Public Radio International, the 92nd Street Y is hosting the UnConvention, a multi-media, multi-platform conversation of, by, and for millennials about what matters to them this election season. Watch the pitch.

On April 5, The Pluribus Project announced a portfolio of Political Game Changers to tackle some of the biggest problems facing our democracy. A nonpartisan special initiative with the Aspen Institute, Pluribus works to develop new ways to move political campaigns beyond big money and extreme ideologies to win campaigns and become more responsive to broad public interests.

More than 120 teams submitted proposals in response to an open call; 14 teams were selected to present their pitches during a summit in New York City on March 21. The presenters come from across the political spectrum, including entrepreneurs, student activists, labor organizers, researchers, and veteran campaigners.

The projects, which aim to lay the groundwork for changing the way that the next political campaigns are waged and won, fall under three categories: leveraging people power, winning the (future) media war, and engaging interested bystanders.

All 14 projects will receive initial funding from Pluribus, which is also mobilizing additional support for the projects, including involving the public through a month-long crowdfunded campaign on Indiegogo.

Related Links

The Pluribus Project

Video presentations by the 14 Project Teams

Pluribus' Indiegogo Campaign

Huffington Post: On Political Campaigns: Hate the Game, Not the Players (April 6, 2016)

Recent grants to the Pluribus Project