More Content, More Impact: Our New Year’s Resolution
Published 1 January 2019
PORP accomplished so much in 2018. From endorsing and supporting candidates as “Party”, to collaborating with other policy advocacy groups, creating a writing team, revitalizing our Twitter accounts, Instagram, and subreddit, more than doubling our all-volunteer staff, acquiring a well established podcast, and of course, restructuring into a Social Welfare Organization, our year was full of new opportunities and exciting developments.
And we want 2019 to be even better.
2018 saw PORP evolve from a glorified Facebook page with a website to boot, into a self-sustaining advocacy group with clear missions and goals. To continue this momentum, our New Year’s resolution is to build on this past year’s successes to create tangible improvements to the social constructs surrounding policymaking, using evidence-based principles to support local-level advocacy through productive connections and collaborations.
Externally, this means reaching out to more community organizers to stimulate and facilitate policy advocacy at the local level. It also means providing more original content (articles, graphics, videos, podcasts, etc.) both to educate the public in science and civics and to assist in boots-on-the-ground initiatives to make robust evidence the universal standard for policy. Internally, this means further streamlining our operations, fleshing out our website, recruiting more volunteers to strengthen our multidisciplinary teams, and building our revenue. We will also be providing more specific perks for our donors, including early access to some original PORP content and direct communication with PORP leadership.
We have already taken several steps to accomplish these goals, but we cannot do it without your continued support. We are always looking for new volunteers, and we are glad to accept donations. But moreover, we are thrilled to receive constructive feedback from our followers and supporters. Your ideas, suggestions, and feedback have helped lift PORP to new heights, and as we move into the new year, we will rely on it more than ever.
Our road ahead is challenging. The United States is growing increasingly divided by partisan vitriol driven by sensationalist rhetoric disguised as fact. But given the considerable progress we have made over the past year in spite of this growing divide, and the influx of motivated members of the PORP team and community, we are highly optimistic that we can help make real change both to American policymaking and the culture surrounding it.
Here’s to another year of science, data, facts, and evidence.
Yours in reason,
Chairman of the Board
The People of Reason and Progress (PORP)