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Shedding Light on New Jersey’s Local Elections

January 1, 2019

Shedding Light on New Jersey’s Local Elections

OurSociety is a 501c3 non-profit based in NJ that developed a free campaign platform (beta) for local candidates. Our all-volunteer team consisted of members from across the country who dedicated significant time and capital over the past year to improve New Jersey residents access to their local elections. In the end we discovered data that […]

December 18, 2018

Three Solutions to fix New Jersey’s Minimum Wage Bill

On Thursday, December 6th, 2018 New Jersey Assembly Speaker Coughlin introduced a bill to increase the minimum wage in New Jersey to $15 per hour by 2024. The bill includes exemptions for small businesses operating with less than ten employees, farm workers, teenagers, and seasonal workers, delaying the increase in minimum wage until 2029. The […]

December 11, 2018

Neoliberalism Is Working Exactly As Intended

A common criticism of capitalism is that the neoliberal approach has failed to meet its intended goals.  We recognize this because we can observe that the United States is becoming increasingly more unequal every year.  Oxfam.org recently published a study stating that 82% of all the wealth created in 2017 went to the top 1% […]

December 4, 2018

The most important lesson we haven’t learned from Marx

Karl Marx is one of the most prolific economists the world has ever known.  His work awakened millions to a deeper understanding of the relationship between labor and capital.  It’s difficult to understate Marx’s influence on present-day left-leaning ideologies, liberals, socialists, and other progressive thinkers draw inspiration from his ideas of the possible.   The embracing […]

November 13, 2018

Lessons Learned from Organizing a Rapid Response Rally

On Thursday 11/8/18 over 100,000 American citizens banded together to demand that the Mueller investigation not to be interfered with. We organized the local rapid response rally in New Brunswick, NJ in collaboration with MoveOn.org. With less than 20 hours of working time, we were able to mobilize 150 community members to come together in […]

November 5, 2018

Designing the Culture of Tomorrow

Technology and culture exist within a constant state of intertwined expansion. It’s easy to forget that the first iPhone was released in 2007, a mere eleven years ago. Today approximately three billion people [1] use smartphones, about 39% of our total population. Each one of these devices providing access to much of the world’s full […]

October 29, 2018

The Founding Fathers were Progressives

If we view the Founding Fathers and the 55 framers of the constitution through the lens of the present, it is apparent that they would be considered progressive thinkers. The purpose of the formation of our democratic republic was to create a system of institutional alternatives to what was available at the time. A new […]

October 22, 2018

Introducing the P Corp – A Progressive Alternative

If the Progressive project within the United States hopes to build a lasting movement that enhances access and agency for all individuals, it must develop systemic alternatives beyond the limitations of the existing regimes of thought. These visions must be bold and creative enough to inspire the imagination of real change within our collective populace […]

October 16, 2018

Reshaping Institutionalized Ethics

At the heart of the Progressive project is a change in direction from what is to what will be. Institutional arrangements have shaped the ethics and consciousness of a people throughout history – they define the very nature of our interactions with one another and the world around us. Present reality demands a more precise […]

September 25, 2018

Book Review: Young People & The Future of News by Lynn Schofield Clark & Regina Marchi

The OurSociety Experiment and our vision of the Progressive project to transform society draw inspiration from hundreds of other individuals who have contributed to society through their writings, research, innovation, and openness. These book reviews are our effort to spread the collective vision of transformation by deepening understanding of the past, present, and future. We […]