Project INFLUENCE tests whether it is possible to influence, through social media messaging, attitudes toward collaborating with opposing viewpoints.

In a targeted population, we measure existing attitudes toward working with people who hold opposing viewpoints. We then test various messaging campaigns directed at the target audience via social media. We finally measure whether any of the campaigns “moved the needle” on the subject attitudes. We then iterate.

The Goal: Develop a method of evolving a population’s sentiment toward supporting the need to find workable joint solutions with opponents.

Progress

The project’s “Phase 0.1” launched April, 2022.

  • Status:
    • Developed initial approach of measurement system April, 2022. This system is needed to quantify attitudes before and after our messaging campaign, to assess if the campaign had any influence.
    • Launched measurement system in May.
    • Now recruiting resources needed to develop the messaging campaign.

You can follow regular updates on Project INFLUENCE in our journal, “Updates and Learnings from Project INFLUENCE.

e.pluribus.US conceives of, builds and tests interventions to scalably improve public attitudes toward working with political opponents.

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Thoughts from across the aisle...

“Whatever else history may say about me when I’m gone, I hope it will record that I appealed to your best hopes, not your worst fears; to your confidence rather than your doubts.”

— Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States

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