At the beginning of 2018, we announced our Shift the Story open call, posing two broad questions to the entrepreneurs and activists wrestling with the biggest challenges facing our democracy: 1) How can we change hearts and minds? and 2) How can we build movements for the future? We got amazing responses. More than 700 of them.
Now, after several months of screening, interviews, pitches, and diligence, we’re almost ready to announce our Shift the Story cohort, the 10–20 startups receiving funding and support from New Media Ventures this year. We’ve learned a lot from the process of reviewing such a wide variety of applications—from political messaging to content creation, for-profits to nonprofits, explicitly political to completely nonpartisan—and we want to share some key themes that emerged:
And here are some of the ideas that we’re most excited about:
- Massive upgrades to the political messaging supply chain.