Welcome to the Alliance

We are a diverse coalition of more than 80 respected established organizations committed to revitalizing democratic practice in America.

Since it’s often difficult for any one group to fully capture public attention or broadly popularize solutions, we are banding together to create great impact across three broad areas: civic engagement, governance and policymaking, and campaign and election processes.

 

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Amplifying the Awesome Power of Debate – IBM's Project Debater and ProCon.org

French essayist Joseph Joubert wrote in 1896: "It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it."  For the last 15 years, I've led the nation's most popular debate organization, ProCon.org. While our public charity has served more than 180 million people since 2004, our obsession with critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship has met a formidable and unexpected ally – one whose audience could reach into the billions. I'm talking about IBM and its Project Debater.

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Glimpsing a Silver-Lining in this Otherwise Gloomy American Moment

Amidst the tumult of this perilous moment in the United States, could something surprisingly beautiful arise? Could this be the moment when good-hearted people across the political spectrum are forced to decisively come together - in defense of something perhaps more fundamental than ideological commitments of their respective parties?     If so, Jacob Hess (Living Room Conversations & Village Square) writes, it may start with recognizing profound differences that now exist among people identifying not only as "conservative" - but as "liberal" too. 

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The Need for Better Governance: An Example

Being a small business owner in America is not easy. You need the right amount of capital, the right team, and the right market just to launch your business, let alone be successful. Yet one of the biggest challenges facing small business’ is an unlikely enemy: the US government. A recent study by the National Federation of Independent Business found that 45% of small business owners consider government regulations a very serious business problem. Why? The sheer volume and compliance cost of regulations eats up a significant amount of human and financial capital - resources in scarce supply for small business owners.

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