Welcome to the Northwest Progressive Institute, a netroots powered strategy center working to raise America’s quality of life through insightful 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, fellow activists, and the public. 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

Jun 28 Sound Transit gives a tour of an I-90 bridge pontoon where work will begin in preparation of addi...
Sound Transit gives a tour of an I-90 bridge pontoon where work will begin in preparation of adding light rail to the bridge.
Jun 27 Climate Reality Leadership Corps trainees enjoy a respite in between sessions
Climate Reality Leadership Corps trainees enjoy a respite in between sessions
Jun 27 Al Gore addresses the Climate Reality Leadership Corps following the first day of the project's t...
Al Gore addresses the Climate Reality Leadership Corps following the first day of the project's thirty-fifth training in Bellevue
Jun 26 CBO: Senate Republicans’ version of Trumpcare would leave 22 million uninsured
An earlier House version of Trumpcare was scored by the CBO as likely to result in 24 million Americans becoming uninsured. This Senate version is barely less awful.
Jun 25 Five ways Seattle Pride can become more environmentally responsible in 2018
Pride currently generates a lot of trash and air pollution, and we'd like to see organizers pursue strategies that would reduce emissions and the volume of material being sent to landfills.
Jun 25 Scenes from Seattle Pride 2017: Sound Transit represents with "Link Together"
Scenes from Seattle Pride 2017: Sound Transit represents with "Link Together"