Plurality Institute is a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to fostering human cooperation and progress. We serve as a hub for academics, industry researchers, practitioners, and leaders from both civil and governmental sectors, all of whom are pushing boundaries to reimagine collaborative frameworks.
Our mission is to support and nurture the emerging field of plurality. We facilitate this through hosting both in-person and online events, supporting partner initiatives, sharing pivotal news and research updates, and offering a centralized job and opportunity portal to enhance ecosystem accessibility.
We aim to unify the expertise of stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds—from AI-enhanced democracy, Web3's altruistic potential, to peacekeeping research and cultural bridge-building initiatives.
We strive to operate in alignment with the values of the ecosystem we support, uplifting a variety of approaches and perspectives and fostering connections across the community we serve.
Audrey Tang Feng is a Taiwanese free software programmer and the inaugural Minister of Digital Affairs of the Republic of China. They are also known for revitalizing the computer languages Perl and Haskell, as well as building the online spreadsheet system EtherCalc in collaboration with Dan Bricklin.
Minister of Digital Affairs
Glen Weyl is a co-founder and the Chair of Plurality Institute, the Research Lead of Microsoft Research's Plural Technology Collaboratory, Founder of RadicalxChange Foundation, and co-author of Radical Markets and Plurality: The Future of Collaborative Technology and Democracy. He was Valedictorian of Princeton University in 2007, received his PhD in economics from the same in 2008, was a Junior Fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows, an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow and has taught economics at University of Chicago, Princeton, Harvard and Yale.
Danielle Allen is a James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University and Director of the Allen Lab for Democracy Renovation at Harvard Kennedy School's Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. She is a professor of political philosophy, ethics, and public policy. She is also a seasoned nonprofit leader, democracy advocate, tech ethicist, distinguished author, and mom.
Lisa Schirch has 30 years of experience in peacebuilding research, policy advocacy, practice, and teaching. A political scientist by training, she earned her Ph.D. in 1989 from George Mason University. She is a University of Notre Dame Professor of Peacebuilding and Technology, Director of the Peacetech and Polarization Lab, Co-Chair of the Council on Technology and Social Cohesion, and Research Fellow of the Toda Peace Institute.
Michael I. Jordan is the Pehong Chen Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the Department of Statistics at the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests bridge the computational, statistical, cognitive, biological and social sciences.
Professor, University of Chicago
Director, Knowledge Lab at the University of Chicago
GETTING-Plurality Research Group
Head of Engineering
MIT Center for Constructive Communication
Contributor at da0/ g0v
TPM at Microsoft Research & Responsible AI on Health AI
Research Affiliate at Harvard Democracy Renovation Center
Founder, AI & Democracy Foundation; Research Fellow, newDemocracy;
Affiliate, Berkman Klein Center—Harvard; Affiliate, Centre for the Governance of AI
President, The Computational Democracy Project
Rose Bloomin previously served as co-founder and CEO of HandUp, a fundraising platform for people experiencing homelessness and poverty in the US. In 2015, HandUp won the Webby Award for Best Charity, People’s Voice, and Rose was listed in the Top 100 People in Tech by Business Insider. Rose also served as COO at SuperBetter Labs and as a Data Manager for Obama's 2008 presidential campaign. She can be found on Twitter at @rosical.
Co-Founder and Special Projects
With over 20 years in software engineering, David has helped shape large-scale infrastructure and AI projects at early-stage Google, Facebook, and Asana. Now he delves into multi-agent reinforcement learning and collective intelligence-inspired AI. He also co-founded Plurality Institute to advance collective intelligence research. His work blends practical engineering with a quest to explore AI's broader potential.
Chief of Staff
Before she came over to Plurality Institute, Firen Forrest was a project manager at MobileCoin, a VC-backed payments platform. Previously, Firen was the founder and CEO of Nightingale Birth Center, a women’s health clinic in San Mateo. She holds an MBA in Global Business with a specialization in Entrepreneurship.
In addition to his work at Plurality Institute, Eugene is also currently the interim Executive Director at Metagov, a governance research nonprofit, where he leads the Grants Innovation Lab. Prior to his current roles, Eugene was the Executive Director of the Smart Contract Research Forum and worked at Carnegie Mellon for two years prior to that. His interests center around governance, grant funding and evaluation, and research systems. He can be found on twitter at @bbeats1.
Amina is a Human-Computer Interaction Master's Candidate at University of California, Santa Cruz and Head of User Engagement at Harvard i-Lab's MintStars. She previously served as tech lead and board member of TAMPEP EU which included speaking engagements at Amnesty International[London] and a European Union parliamentary meeting. Her interests include social computing, documentaries, science fiction, creator economy and Japanese pop culture.