A Practical Guide To Tracking Political Donations in the US

In my journey building my own civic tech company, I have spent what feels like thousands of hours looking at every political website and app in existence. I’ve looked deeply into who donates to politicians, how much they donate and how campaigns spend that money. We’ve included a lot of this information in the ChangeRootsContinue reading “A Practical Guide To Tracking Political Donations in the US”

What is Bipartisanship, Really?

Simply put, bipartisanship is working with the other party to get something done. It’s opposite, partisanship, is working only to get done what your party wants, at the expense of the other party.  Zero-Sum Partisans Partisans believe the world is zero-sum, meaning they believe there is a fixed amount of prosperity to go around andContinue reading “What is Bipartisanship, Really?”

3 Ways to Make A Difference: Changing The World With Political Awareness

It’s easy to feel powerless given our politics today. It feels like the media, big money and the elite are manipulating the system to their benefit at the expense of everybody else. You’re not wrong. But we can’t let that continue. Each of us can do our small part to make our republic better soContinue reading “3 Ways to Make A Difference: Changing The World With Political Awareness”

Creating a Post-Partisan America: Why I Started ChangeRoots

This month, my co-founder and I are launching a new app that enables individuals to use their quarters to reward or punish politicians for their actions. It’s called ChangeRoots. My ultimate motivation is to contribute to a world where it is easy for people to live a whole and good life. Our contribution, ChangeRoots, isContinue reading “Creating a Post-Partisan America: Why I Started ChangeRoots”

Funding Political Opponents Is Effective

A common reaction to ChangeRoots is: “Why am I giving money to someone’s electoral opponent? I don’t want to give some politician money just because their opponent did something I dislike, that doesn’t make sense to me.” Learn more about why I created ChangeRoots and what it is. That is a rational reaction. I’d likeContinue reading “Funding Political Opponents Is Effective”

A great 8min speech on post partisanship

CHANGEROOTS TAKE Sup fam. We’re not only going to start highlighting politicians who call for a more respectful and reasonable way to treat those they disagree with, but we are going to start incentivizing our Troublemakers to donate to politicians on both sides who call for adventurous civility.  We expect people to hate on us.Continue reading “A great 8min speech on post partisanship”

Systematic thinkers are the partisan sheep

We often think we choose our political team based on our policy preferences. However, research has found we often choose our political team primarily for social and emotional reasons. This is because the people we love are on a certain team, the team gives us a sense of belonging and our self esteem is tiedContinue reading “Systematic thinkers are the partisan sheep”