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New Think Tank: The New Poltics Institute

I have hopes for a new progressive political think tank that was just announced, The New Politics Institute. I have great respect for Simon Rosenberg, Joe Trippi and blogger Markos Moulitas among it's other impressive founders. And I clearly believe in their focus on the role of the Internet and what political action looks like in the post-broadcast era. Here is their press release:

The New Politics Institute (NPI) has been established by people from across the country and across the political spectrum to help progressives succeed on the dynamic new battlefield of 21st century politics.

The New Politics Institute is a think tank for politics. Working like a conventional policy-oriented think tank, NPI will assemble some of the finest minds in progressive politics, the non-profit world and the private sector to study, master, incubate and promote new strategies, technologies and techniques for the rapidly changing politics of this new century.

NPI’s staff and Fellows will focus on three developments which are fundamentally transforming the daily practice of progressive politics. They are:

The rise of the conservative movement – Through the shrewd investment of billions of dollars over a generation, the conservative movement has built a powerful 21st century political machine that has transformed American politics and culture, among other things ending the 100-year-long dominance of progressive thought and politics. NPI will help progressives better understand this new machine and offer strategies for taking it on each day.

The emergence of a different America – Rapidly changing demographic, socio-economic and attitudinal trends are forging a 21st century America very different from the 20th century America around which progressives constructed their long and successful majority coalition. Building on the path breaking work of The New Democrat Network’s New Majority Coalition Project and its Hispanic Project, NPI will help progressives develop modern strategies for understanding and reaching the coming America of the 21st century.

The end of the Broadcast era, the arrival of a new age of media, marketing and communications – The aggressive march of the Internet, broadband, digital recording devices, mobile technologies and modern databases is profoundly transforming the average citizen’s relationship to information. For over forty years American politics has been organized around the Broadcast model. That model – from one to many – is giving way to a new, dynamic and evolving model that is little understood and not commonly practiced. This new era of media, marketing and communications is already very different from the Broadcast era, and will be more personal, more intimate, more participatory, more iterative, more decentralized, more real-time and increasingly multi-media. Helping progressives understand and master the strategies, technologies and techniques of this new era will be one of NPI’s highest priorities.


NPI will have its primary offices in the Bay Area and Washington, DC, but will draw on a network of Fellows from across the country. Staff and Fellows will attempt to modernize the practice of progressive politics through presentations, private and public briefings and commentary in the media. NPI will hold its first conferences this fall in the Bay Area and Washington, DC.

NPI’s founding team includes Sergio Bendixen, Jamie Daves, Gina Glantz, Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, Mark Penn, Cecile Richards, Simon Rosenberg, Joe Trippi and Theo Yedinsky. President Bay Area philanthropists Andy and Deborah Rappaport have provided NPI a substantial start-up grant. NPI is also pleased to have The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) as a major partner in the start-up phase of this exciting new venture.

NPI’s first several projects will include a new report on the Hispanic electorate by NPI Fellow Sergio Bendixen, a new major report on building a new majority coalition by prominent pollster and strategist Mark Penn and a report on the future of progressive media by NPI Fellow Jamie Daves. NPI will also be showcasing the internet television technology of a new start-up, Participatory Culture (www. participatoryculture.org).

More on NPI can be found at www.ndnpac.org.

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