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SamePage is a project building an online deliberation and governance platform worthy of the 21 century. It is motivated by two observations: (1) human technology for making large group decisions has scarcely been updated since the 17th century. (2) Very few people have faith in our current legislative institutions (whether campus-wide, local, regional, national, or global).

SamePage’s success will require not only the development of an inviting, user-friendly deliberative interface with distributed and automated moderation. It will also require the careful design of incentives to promote and include participation by a large and representative sample of the public. In this way, it is also a scalable community-organizing project, and one that must attend to social psychological forces great and small. To succeed, it must not only function elegantly, it must be launched across various sites in a sequence that both attends to and weakens the political balkanization of the populations in those sites.

SamePage, by training communities (large and small) in the craft of self-governance, will enable people to supplant systems of domination/competition with institutions of cooperative continual human improvement. It will be new technology creating new and better forms of sociality, new and better people.

We're grateful to the following organizations for supporting our projects:

SSRC AMPlab BIDS hypothes.is NSF Sloan Foundation Sage Publishing