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"Called Upon to Serve"

Debuting in 2022, our documentary delivers a bold new vision for democracy—one without politicians, parties, or campaigns.

It shows what happens when everyday citizens are called upon to serve, through a democratic lottery, to make our most important decisions.

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A film giving hope to people across the political spectrum

“I hope everybody watches this movie…every single person, because this is how the country should be run.”

Naomi Liberal Massachusetts

“Politically invigorating and refreshing, I hope this is our future.”

Tyler Moderate Ohio

“We would definitely get a much better feel of what the people want—what the nation wants—rather than the politicians.”

Holly Conservative Louisiana

The first step in a plan to free America from parties and politicians

…within this decade. Our plan is proudly constitutional, rooted in American tradition, and doesn’t involve asking politicians for permission. After you see the film, you’re going to love what comes next.

Be the first to see the film and feel hopeful again

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Our mission is to free America from parties and politicians, and make it so government finally does right by its people.

Our mission is to free America from parties and politicians, and make it so government finally does right by its people.

About

About us

We’re a non-partisan movement-building organization. We don’t take sides on any issues and we don’t take money with strings attached. Our team spans the country and the political spectrum. We have different views on substantive issues but we’re united in our conviction that government should be of, by, and for the people.

Co-coordinators

Adam Cronkright

Adam has over a decade of experience in the field and was instrumental in the launch of Democracy R&D, a network of close to 40 organizations advancing democratic lotteries in 18 countries around the world. Frustrated that this promising vision wasn't reaching people, he became the leading voice for shifting this field's failed approach to communication and to bringing about change.

Before dedicating himself to of by for*, Adam co-founded and led Democracy In Practice, whose work reinventing student government with democratic lotteries was a finalist for the Council of Europe’s 2016 Democracy Innovation Award. It was also featured on Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History podcast, in a Season 5 episode called The Powerball Revolution.

Adam Cronkright

Adam has over a decade of experience in the field and was instrumental in the launch of Democracy R&D, a network of close to 40 organizations advancing democratic lotteries in 18 countries around the world. Frustrated that this promising vision wasn't reaching people, he became the leading voice for shifting this field's failed approach to communication and to bringing about change.

Before dedicating himself to of by for*, Adam co-founded and led Democracy In Practice, whose work reinventing student government with democratic lotteries was a finalist for the Council of Europe’s 2016 Democracy Innovation Award. It was also featured on Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History podcast, in a Season 5 episode called The Powerball Revolution.

George Zisiadis

George's career put him at the center of paradigm-shifting efforts in the worlds of technology, art, and design. But he eventually felt a call to dedicate his talents to helping turn our troubled country around. So he studied the history of social change from past to present. And along the way, he discovered the transformative promise of having citizens called upon to serve.

George Zisiadis

George's career put him at the center of paradigm-shifting efforts in the worlds of technology, art, and design. But he eventually felt a call to dedicate his talents to helping turn our troubled country around. So he studied the history of social change from past to present. And along the way, he discovered the transformative promise of having citizens called upon to serve.

Our advisors

Our advisors are some of the most prominent academic and cultural leaders in this field. Some of the most well-known include:

Jane Mansbridge
Democratic Theorist
Harvard Kennedy School
James Fishkin
Director of Stanford's
Center for Deliberative Democracy
Lawrence Lessig
Constitutional Scholar &
Anti-Corruption Campaigner
Debilyn Molineaux
Co-founder & Executive Director
Bridge Alliance
Wendy Willis
Executive Director
Deliberative Democracy Consortium
John Pudner
Executive Director
Take Back Our Republic

David Schechter – Democracy R&D

Lynn Carson – newDemocracy Foundation

Yves Dejaeghere – G1000

Chris Ellis – MASS LBP

Terry Bouricius – Vermont House of Representatives (formerly)

Hélène Landemore – Yale University

Brett Hennig – Sortition Foundation

Marcin Gerwin – PhD & Citizens’ Assembly Practitioner

Manuel Arriaga – Fórum dos Cidadãos

Liz Berry Pol.is

Perry Rosenstein – Hustle

Patrick Chalmers – All Hands On

Renn Vara – SNP Communications

Michael Pappas – San Francisco Interfaith Council

Jamie Kelsey-Fry – Extinction Rebellion & New Internationalist

Oscar Olivera – Fundación Abril

Sally Morton – Sunrise Movement

Douglas Atkin – Airbnb & Purpose

Chelsea Robinson – Generation Zero

Rahmin Sarabi – Commonweal

Micah Daigle – Students for Sensible Drug Policy

Our partners

of by for* is an active member of Democracy R&D, an international network of organizations (see map) and individuals working with Citizens’ Panels and other similar processes.

Contact

Contact us

Our mission is to free America from parties and politicians, and make it so government finally does right by its people.

Our mission is to free America from parties and politicians, and make it so government finally does right by its people.

About

About us

We’re a non-partisan movement-building organization. We don’t take sides on any issues and we don’t take money with strings attached. Our team spans the country and the political spectrum. We have different views on substantive issues but we’re united in our conviction that government should be of, by, and for the people.

Co-coordinators

Adam Cronkright

Adam has over a decade of experience in the field and was instrumental in the launch of Democracy R&D, a network of close to 40 organizations advancing democratic lotteries in 18 countries around the world. Frustrated that this promising vision wasn't reaching people, he became the leading voice for shifting this field's failed approach to communication and to bringing about change.

Before dedicating himself to of by for*, Adam co-founded and led Democracy In Practice, whose work reinventing student government with democratic lotteries was a finalist for the Council of Europe’s 2016 Democracy Innovation Award. It was also featured on Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History podcast, in a Season 5 episode called The Powerball Revolution.

Adam Cronkright

Adam has over a decade of experience in the field and was instrumental in the launch of Democracy R&D, a network of close to 40 organizations advancing democratic lotteries in 18 countries around the world. Frustrated that this promising vision wasn't reaching people, he became the leading voice for shifting this field's failed approach to communication and to bringing about change.

Before dedicating himself to of by for*, Adam co-founded and led Democracy In Practice, whose work reinventing student government with democratic lotteries was a finalist for the Council of Europe’s 2016 Democracy Innovation Award. It was also featured on Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History podcast, in a Season 5 episode called The Powerball Revolution.

George Zisiadis

George's career put him at the center of paradigm-shifting efforts in the worlds of technology, art, and design. But he eventually felt a call to dedicate his talents to helping turn our troubled country around. So he studied the history of social change from past to present. And along the way, he discovered the transformative promise of having citizens called upon to serve.

George Zisiadis

George's career put him at the center of paradigm-shifting efforts in the worlds of technology, art, and design. But he eventually felt a call to dedicate his talents to helping turn our troubled country around. So he studied the history of social change from past to present. And along the way, he discovered the transformative promise of having citizens called upon to serve.

Our advisors

Our advisors are some of the most prominent academic and cultural leaders in this field. Some of the most well-known include:

Jane Mansbridge
Democratic Theorist
Harvard Kennedy School
James Fishkin
Director of Stanford's
Center for Deliberative Democracy
Lawrence Lessig
Constitutional Scholar &
Anti-Corruption Campaigner
Debilyn Molineaux
Co-founder & Executive Director
Bridge Alliance
Wendy Willis
Executive Director
Deliberative Democracy Consortium
John Pudner
Executive Director
Take Back Our Republic

David Schechter – Democracy R&D

Lynn Carson – newDemocracy Foundation

Yves Dejaeghere – G1000

Chris Ellis – MASS LBP

Terry Bouricius – Vermont House of Representatives (formerly)

Hélène Landemore – Yale University

Brett Hennig – Sortition Foundation

Marcin Gerwin – PhD & Citizens’ Assembly Practitioner

Manuel Arriaga – Fórum dos Cidadãos

Liz Berry Pol.is

Perry Rosenstein – Hustle

Patrick Chalmers – All Hands On

Renn Vara – SNP Communications

Michael Pappas – San Francisco Interfaith Council

Jamie Kelsey-Fry – Extinction Rebellion & New Internationalist

Oscar Olivera – Fundación Abril

Sally Morton – Sunrise Movement

Douglas Atkin – Airbnb & Purpose

Chelsea Robinson – Generation Zero

Rahmin Sarabi – Commonweal

Micah Daigle – Students for Sensible Drug Policy

Our partners

of by for* is an active member of Democracy R&D, an international network of organizations (see map) and individuals working with Citizens’ Panels and other similar processes.

Contact

Contact us