News & Updates

Heather McGhee’s Powerful Response to a Question on Prejudice

After airing on C-SPAN, the video of a short exchange on race between RBF board member Heather McGhee and a caller from North Carolina has been viewed online more than two million times and garnered widespread media attention.
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.

Pluribus Brings Together 14 Projects Reconnecting Political Campaigns with the Public

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, it works to develop new ways to move political campaigns beyond big money and extreme ideologies to become more responsive to broad public interests.
Smoke billowing from a coal plant can be seen from the heart of Kosovo’s capital city of Pristina.

Kosovo’s Future Power Infrastructure Reaches a Turning Point

A new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis and the Kosovo Civil Society Consortium for Sustainable Development, finds that a constructing another coal-fired power plant in Kosovo would be the wrong direction for the country’s development.

Lucas Welch, executive director of the Pluribus Project, speaks at the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival on money and political influence in America.

(Image courtesy of The Aspen Institute.)

Resetting the Balance in Our Election Systems

The balance of political influence needs to be shifted from the few with money to the many, said Lucas Welch, executive director of the Pluribus Project, at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Introducing a panel discussion about money in politics, Welch pointed to public frustration with elected government and the influence of corporate spending. Panelists included leaders of The Pluribus Project, Take Back our Republic, Demos and change.org.

Foundations Call for Transparency in Corporate Political Spending

RBF President Stephen Heintz is among nearly 70 foundation leaders asking the Securities and Exchange Commission to require corporations to disclose their political spending. In an interview with NPR, he said that shareholders have a right to know how public companies are using unreported spending to influence elections.

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