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Strengthening Democracy
Challenge

News

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11/1/22

Mernyk, Pink, and Willer's Op-ed on Partisan Violence in Washington Post

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10/21/22

Strengthening Democracy Challenge Covered in The Atlantic

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10/18/22

Intervention Application Ideas from Conference Posted

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10/6/22

Recordings From the Bridging Divides & Strengthening Democracy Conference Posted

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10/5/22

James Chu Discusses Strengthening Democracy Challenge With Utah Governor Spencer Cox

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9/23/22

Fast Company Discusses a Top Intervention From the Strengthening Democracy Challenge

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9/13/22

Willer and Voelkel's Op-ed on SDC in the Washington Post

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9/6/22

NPR Interviews Willer on Strengthening Democracy Challenge

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9/4/22

Fox News Interviews Willer on Strengthening Democracy Challenge

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8/29/22

The Strengthening Democracy Challenge Covered by the Stanford Report

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8/25/22

Robb Willer Speaks About Results on C-SPAN

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8/23/22

Strengthening Democracy Challenge Covered by Fast Company

Strengthening American democracy through collaboration, cooperation, and crowdsourcing.

American democracy is under threat. Many Americans are willing to compromise on democratic principles for partisan goals. Some are even willing to resort to violence to help their side win. Extreme dislike for the other side has grown significantly in recent decades, and may also erode commitments to democratic principles.

 

Anti-democratic attitudes, support for partisan violence, and extreme levels of partisan animosity have troubling consequences for democracy. We crowdsourced interventions to reduce one, two, or all three of these outcomes. From 252 submissions, 25 interventions were selected and tested in a massive, online experiment.​

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What

is the Strengthening Democracy Challenge?

The challenge is a joint project between academics and practitioners to crowdsource and identify short, scalable interventions to reduce anti-democratic attitudes, support for partisan violence, and/or partisan animosity among Americans.

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Why

did people submit an idea?

Submitters joined a collective effort to identify interventions that help address pressing problems in today’s political world. Contributors also had the opportunity to win prizes and be co-authors in published research.

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How

did people participate?

We  designed the submission process for this challenge to be accessible to all - whether people had designed interventions before, or just had an idea for one. Click here to learn more about how people submitted their ideas.

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Who

organized the challenge?

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Researchers at Columbia University

Human
Cooperation
Laboratory

Northwestern's Political Science Research Lab

The Strengthening Democracy Challenge is Supported by :

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