Faves

Birds of a feather. Our favorite sites about or related to political ideas, esp. non/bipartisanship, civic engagement, good government, creativity, innovation, technology, the future, and faith.

“Grant us to know that it is not the beginning, but the continuing of the same, until it be thoroughly finished, that yieldeth the true glory”

–Sir Francis Drake

Hamilton68
Can there be any more important task than tracking the Russians latest moves to subvert our democracy, in real-time–and fighting back…

Medium
Pay the extra $5/month to keep them going, and get the best, freshest writing anywhere customized and delivered daily…

Our Children’s Trust
Supporting the only development in politics even less probable than Trump–the next generation’s landmark suit against the rest of us over climate change, now certified at every level–go kids go!

Participatory Budgeting Project
Living the grail–we, the people, not politicians or bureaucrats, decide directly where $300M (and counting) of government dollars get spent…

Save The Internet
The coalition fighting the other big existential threat to democracy–and free markets…

Washington Monthly
Quietly producing the most creative, insightful, readable political and policy analysis in the country…

Swing Left
Give them a zip code, and you’ll give us a new Congress, district by district by district…

 

Anonymous

 

 

The Audacious Project

 

 

Brennan Center

 

 

The Census Project 

 

 

Center for Public Integrity

 

 

Change.org

 

 

Civiqs

 

 

Common Cause

 

 

Convention of States

 

 

Countable

 

 

CQ Roll Call

 

 

CrowdJustice

 

 

Crowdrise

 

 

Do Something!

 

 

FairVote

 

 

Five Calls

 

 

Flippable

 

 

Governor Bluejeans

 

 

Hamilton68

 

 

Idealist 

 

 

Kiva

 

 

LegitAction

 

 

Liberal Gun Club

 

 

National Conference of State Legislatures

 

 

Nature Conservancy 

 

 

Nerd Wallet

 

 

Open Secrets

 

 

Our Children’s Trust

 

 

Participatory Budgeting Project

 

 

Points of Light Foundation

 

 

Project Vote Smart

 

 

ProPublica

 

 

Public Mapping Project

 

 

Red For The Blue

 

 

Saving The Spoon-billed Sandpiper

 

 

Save The Internet

 

 

Sister District

 

 

Sunlight Foundation

 

 

Swing Left

 

 

Verified Voting

 

 

Vote

 

 

Vote16USA

 

 

Working Assets

 

 

Zidisha

 

 

What great activist site(s) are we missing?  Let us know, and if we include them, we’ll send you a free Creative Politics coffee mug–not for sale on the site or anywhere in stores!

21st Century Citizenship

 

 

Carter Center 

 

 

Case Foundation

 

 

Cities Of Service

 

 

Citizen U

 

 

CityLab

 

Civics Education Initiative

 

 

Civic Nation

 

 

CIVICUS

 

 

Democracy Fund

 

 

Everyday Democracy

 

 

Generation Citizen

 

 

Homeboy Industries

 

 

League of Women Voters

 

 

McCormick Foundation

 

 

National Endowment for Democracy

 

 

Obama Foundation

 

 

Our American Voice

 

 

Partnership for 21st Century Skills

 

 

Points of Light Foundation

 

 

What Works Cities

 

 

White Earth Tribal & Community College

 

 

It’s your duty to let us know the great civic sites that need to be included here, and ours to reward you for doing so…

Adobe Awards

 

 

Adobe EdEx

 

 

American Hiking Society

 

 

Aspen Institute

 

 

Burning Man

 

 

Cicero

 

 

CityLab

 

 

Coffitivity

 

 

Collective Shift/LRNG

 

 

Cotyledon Productions

 

 

Creativity Post

 

 

Edutopia

 

 

Flopstarter

 

 

Institute of Play

 

 

James Gee

 

 

Jane McGonigal

 

 

John Seely Brown

 

 

MacArthur Foundation

 

 

Medium

 

 

MindShift

 

 

Minecraft

 

 

MIT Media Lab

 

 

New Voices

 

 

NSF Media & Informal Science Learning

 

 

No Man’s Sky

 

 

Open IDEO

 

 

Origami.me

 

 

Pet Town

 

 

PostSecret

 

 

Scratch

 

 

SimCity

 

 

SodaPlay

 

 

Southpaw

 

 

TED

 

 

Uncountabirds

 

 

Webby Awards

 

 

Everyone knows creativity and coffee go together–send us a site you think should be on here and if we agree, we’ll send you a free Creative Politics coffee mug…

Aeon

 

 

Borges Center

 

 

Brain Pickings

 

 

Creative Politics

 

 

Daedalus

 

 

Edge

 

 

Eudaimonia & Co

 

 

Fooled By Randomness

 

 

Kurt Andersen

 

 

Nassim Taleb

 

 

Niels Bohr Archive

 

 

Rebecca Solnit

 

 

Santa Fe Institute

 

 

Feels like we’re just scratching the surface–you agree?

Afropop Worldwide

 

 

Boing Boing

 

 

Bored Panda

 

 

Breakfast Club, The

 

 

Cheezburger

 

 

Cicero

 

 

Dank Memes

 

 

Douglas Adams

 

 

Freakonomics

 

 

Horrendous Fiasco

 

 

Orsinal

 

 

Radiolab

 

 

Rather Good

 

 

Revisionist History

 

 

Slow Burn

 

 

Snap Judgment

 

 

Studio 360

 

 

The Root

 

 

TED

 

 

This American Life

 

 

VICE

 

 

Welcome To Nightvale

 

 

Whadya Know

 

 

Are your eyes starting to glaze over?  That means we need more sites like these

1776

 

 

Altucher Confidential

 

 

Business Insider

 

 

Clay Shirky

 

 

Democracy Fund, The

 

 

Doblin

 

 

EdSurge

 

 

Fast Company

 

 

Google Foundation

 

 

Hewlett Foundation

 

 

Motley Fool

 

 

Quartz

 

 

Revolution

 

 

Seth’s Blog

 

 

Let’s face it, we need all the help we can get; who else is making waves we and our fellow hustlers can ride on?

Accelerating Intelligence

 

 

Institute for Global Futures

 

 

Institute for the Future

 

 

Long Bets

 

 

Paul Mason

 

 

Soothplayers

 

 

Toffler Associates

 

 

Hoping your looking glass is less smudged and dark than ours, and that you know some seers who are not just for suckers we can climb the shoulders of…

Bipartisan Policy Center

 

 

Centrist Project

 

 

Media Bias/Fact Check

 

 

Moderate Voice, The

 

 

New America

 

 

No Labels

 

 

Third Way

 

 

Your Bias Is

 

 

On the one hand, this is a pretty good list–on the other hand, could it be better?

Alcoholics Anonymous

 

 

American Rhetoric

 

 

Daily Good, The

 

 

Good News Network

 

 

Open Mind Learning

 

 

Optimist International

 

 

Steven Kotler

 

 

Upworthy

 

 

Surely there’s more basis for hope than this–we’re putting our lucky pennies where our wist is, giving free Creative Politics coffee mugs to anyone who can make our day

Cato Institute

 

 

Federalist, The

 

 

Harper’s

 

 

Naked Capitalism

 

 

National Review

 

 

Outside The Beltway

 

 

Reason

 

 

Salon

 

 

Slate

 

 

Washington Monthly

 

 

Weekly Standard, The

 

 

There are literally tons of opinion sites out there (really–atoms are just another form of information, mostly empty space), but give us your own

BeliefNet

 

 

Interfaith Alliance

 

 

John Pavlovitz

 

 

Martin Marty Center

 

 

The Pluralism Project

 

 

Sojourners

 

 

Tikkun

 

 

The world needs a good site for animists and mystics–want to build one with us?

Center for Humane Technology

 

 

Engadget

 

 

International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences

 

 

James Gee

 

 

Kevin Kelly

 

 

Mashable

 

 

MIT Media Lab

 

 

MIT Technology Review

 

 

TechCrunch

 

 

The Next Web

 

 

WIRED

 

 

Isn’t it a little embarrassing that after 30+ years in this industry, this is all we can think of? Internet-induced early onset Alzheimers, or a sad commentary? Tell us…

Brookings Institution

 

 

Economic Policy Institute

 

 

Fivethirtyeight

 

 

Global Terrorism Database

 

 

Heritage Foundation

 

 

New World Wealth

 

 

Pew Charitable Trusts

 

 

Rand

 

 

Rocky Mountain Institute

 

 

Stratfor

 

 

Tax Foundation

 

 

Think–are there other great policy sites we’re missing, or are they all tanking?

We know there are a lot of great sites in these categories we’re missing. This is your community: if you have a suggestion for a site you feel should be added, or a new category altogether, send it to us here.  If we add it to our list, we’ll send you a free Creative Politics coffee mug–not for sale on the site or anywhere in stores…