Breakthrough Institute

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2003, Oakland CA

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(2003, Oakland CA; www.thebreakthrough.org).

Mission: “to accelerate the transition to a future where all the world’s inhabitants can enjoy secure, free, and prosperous lives on an ecologically vibrant planet” by changing the way Americans think about the environment, the economy, and politics in order to meet the new challenges of the 21st century. “We believe all knowledge is partial, contingent, and subjective, and thus try to bring a ruthlessly critical eye to underlying assumptions, especially our own.” Produces policy reports and essays, works with leading thinkers to advance bold new proposals, and trains the next generation of top young policy analysts, all in the service of modernizing our ideas and institutions. Publishes Breakthrough Journal since 2011.  Published An Ecomodernist Manifesto (April 2015, 31p; 18 authors/signers; www.ecomodernism.org).  President and co-founder: Michael Shellenberger

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