The 2020 Election and the January 6th capitol insurgency has forced us all to recognize the fragile state of democracy in the USA and ask what it needs to be regenerated and restored. However, for Josh Silver, Founder and Director of RepresentUs, none of this was a surprise. It is a result of 50 years of deepening system failure that fosters extremism, corruption and gridlock. In this Design Sprint we will explore regenerating democracy in the USA from a post-partisan, long-game, complex systems perspective.
Josh Silver is the founder and director of RepresentUs, a post-partisan, nonprofit organization that is advancing campaign finance and election reforms across the nation. RepresentUs has built one of the largest grassroots and social media communities in the democracy reform field, with a focus on how to leverage systemic change through mass movements that traverse diverse political ideologies. Josh is co-founder and former CEO of Free Press, an advocacy group that promotes critical journalism and Internet openness. He served as campaign manager of the successful 1998 "Clean Elections" ballot measure in Arizona. Josh publishes widely on democracy, media, election, campaign finance and a range of other public policy issues.