About the Big Ideas Project

The Big Ideas Project, launched in December 2014 by the Progressive Change Institute, is a crowd-sourced platform allowing the public, leading policy experts, progressive organizations, celebrities, and others to submit and vote on big ideas they believe progressives should champion in 2015 and 2016.

32 members of Congress have committed to taking a serious look at the 20 big ideas that rose to the top.

Senators: Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI), Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)

Representatives: Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA), Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL), Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA), Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM), Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ), Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-MI), Rep. Barbara Lee (CA-13), Rep. Ted Lieu (CA-33), Rep. Rick Nolan (D-MN), Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-TX), Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), Rep. Mark Takai (D-HI), Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA), Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD)

Voting ended at noon Eastern Time on Friday January 16th.

We're looking for big, bold ideas that will affect the lives of millions of ordinary Americans.

Do you want to see a world where regular people can run for office? An end to global warming? Universal health care? Let yourself think outside the box.

If others like your ideas, members of Congress will see it.

Submission and Moderation Policy

A big idea will affect the lives of millions of ordinary Americans. Idea submissions do not need to be fully formed policy proposals, but should identify a specific problem and propose a solution. Submissions should include a single unified idea capable of being advanced through policy, and not include more than one idea. Submissions should also be geared around potential policy, and not advocate actions to be undertaken by an elected official or political party.

We reserve the right to remove idea submissions that are abusive, profane, lewd, fraudulent, contain threats of unlawful violence or harm to a specific individual or group, or would lead to civil liability if published. We reserve the right to modify, moderate, or combine ideas to maintain the integrity of the site and user experience. This includes the right to remove submissions that are duplicates, not serious, or are right-wing trolling (offered not with intellectual honesty but with the intent of discrediting the site).

In order to maintain the integrity of the voting process, only one vote per person per idea is permitted. We will remove and reverse suspicious or fraudulent voting activity.


What is a duplicate? We define a duplicate as any submission that shares the same or similar approach to achieving a previously submitted policy goal. The Big Ideas Project is about building support for unique ideas; having multiple submission of a single idea dilutes the votes and advocacy for it.

For example, "Overturn Citizens United" and "Repeal Citizens United" are duplicates. However, "end the effects of Citizens United by undertaking a 50-state approach to passing legislation on getting corporate money out of politics" is not a duplicate with "Pass federal election reform to get dark money out of politics and counter Citizens United".

Re-categorization of Ideas: We reserve the right to re-categorize submissions to better align with the overall organization of the site.

Citation Handling: Citation references will be verified by our team to confirm that it is a useful or supportive reference for the idea submitted. Citation submissions that are solely self-promotional, unrelated to the contents or position advocated in the idea, or marketing materials will be removed. After verification, citations will appear on the idea's page and a visual icon will be added to the display of an idea on the main site's list of submissions.

About the Progressive Change Institute

The Progressive Change Institute works to change the battlefield on which other progressive actors are fighting -- by educating the public and making new ideas credible in the national conversation.

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