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 projects

Jul 26 Destroy Hamas? Something worse would follo…
If Hamas were destroyed and gone, we would probably end up with something much worse. The region would end up with something much worse. — Outgoing Pentagon intelligence chieftain General Michael F…
Jul 25 Where is it safe for airlines to fly?
Where is it safe for airlines to fly? Businessweek’s Justin Bachman discusses what airlines are doing to protect their passengers and aircraft in the wake of the downing of Malaysian Airlines…
Jul 24 Oil train derails in Interbay in Seattle, …
Oil train derails in Interbay in Seattle, no spills A train carrying crude oil loaded in Bakken, North Dakota has derailed underneath the Magnolia Bridge in Seattle, Burlington Northern Santa Fe ha…
Jul 23 The fine print: U.S. government fudges pha…
It has been twenty-one years since federal regulators identified problems with the [safety-plagued DOT-111] cars. How many deaths will it take before they genuinely regulate? — Sightline Inst…
Jul 23 Mary Poppins quits (with Kristen Bell, fro…
Mary Poppins (Kristen Bell) is working for minimum wage, and really needs a raise.
Jul 20 Navigating the old fashioned way has its a…
Consider this, though: Using printed maps requires travelers to work together. You become a team. Driver and navigator. Your ability to get along and solve problems is tested in valuable, revealing…