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

Mar 26 Germanwings copilot Andreas Lubitz deliber…
We are horrified that something of this nature could have been taken place… It is the worst nightmare that anyone can have in our company. — Carsten Spohr, the chief executive of Lufthansa, s…
Mar 25 Republican priorities: Cripple Medicare, s…
Republican priorities: Cripple Medicare, spend more money waging war Budgets are moral documents that speak to a nation’s priorities, and it’s pretty clear what Republicans want our pri…
Mar 25 The world’s best teacher lives in rural Ma…
The world’s best teacher lives in rural Maine and doesn’t care about test scores The Guardian’s Lauren Gambino: “Nancie Atwell opened the Center for Teaching and Learning 25…
Mar 24 Could higher salaries for Washington and O…
Could higher salaries for Washington and Oregon lawmakers encourage more populist policies? New research conducted by Renee Bowen and Cecilia Hyunjung Mo (who teach economics and political science …
Mar 23 Picking the perfect campaign slogan for Te…
Over the past thirty-six hours, progressives all over the United States have been cooperating on possibilities for Ted Cruz’s campaign slogan. AlterNet has a pretty solid roundup of some of t…
Mar 23 Picking the perfect campaign slogan for ne…
Over the past thirty-six hours, progressives all over the United States have been cooperating on possibilities for Ted Cruz’s campaign slogan. AlterNet has a pretty solid roundup of some of t…