Welcome!

Welcome to the Northwest Progressive Institute, a netroots powered strategy center working to raise America’s quality of life through innovative research and imaginative advocacy. We’re a think tank with the soul of a tech startup.

We research ideas and propose solutions to elected officials, opinionmakers, and the American people. We uncover the harmful consequences of right wing initiatives, particularly those sponsored by Tim Eyman. NPI is very different from most institutions – in part, that’s because it’s been built by activists, for activists. Our most important resources are human energy (your energy!) and the Internet – the most democratic medium for communication ever invented.

We exist to organize and mobilize progressive thinkers, and give activists an outlet to make their voices heard.

North·west (nawrth-west; Naut. nawr-west)
–noun: the northwestern part of the United States, especially Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.

Pro·gres·sive (pruh-gres-iv)
–adjective: favoring or advocating progress, change, improvement, or reform, as opposed to wishing to maintain things as they are.

In·sti·tute (in-sti-toot, -tyoot)
–noun: a society or organization for carrying on a particular work, like advancing the common good and expanding freedom.

Headlines from our publications

Feb 26 New instrument readings show Earth’s clima…
New instrument readings show Earth’s climate is warming Scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and U.C. Berkeley have produced the first direct evidence that human activity is gi…
Feb 26 Sonic’s Dane Jasper doesn’t have a problem…
It is important to draw the distinction between regulation of the Internet, and regulation of carriers. The FCC’s order will disallow carriers from discriminating against sources of traffic that th…
Feb 26 Rolling Rebellion supporters rally at Kerr…
Rolling Rebellion supporters rally at Kerry Park for Net Neutrality (Photo: Rick Barry/Broken Shade Photo)
Feb 25 Jon Stewart hammers Fox Noise’s nonstop an…
Conservatives are not looking to make education more rigorous and informative, or science more empirical or verifiable, or voting more representative, or the government more efficient or effective….
Feb 25 How dirty media brought down Oregon’s gove…
How dirty media brought down Oregon’s governor and his activist fiancée Documentary filmmaker and activist John de Graaf explains how political enemies of Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber helped brin…
Feb 24 Educate us: A call for change to Northwest…
Educate us: A call for change to Northwestern’s curriculum “There is immeasurable importance for this campus to understand diversity and social inequality,” writes Northwestern Universi…