The Roots of Progress


The Roots of Progress is a nonprofit dedicated to establishing a new philosophy of progress for the 21st century.


Our CEO writes essays on the history of technology and the philosophy of progress, and gives talks and interviews on the same. He is working on a book, The Story of Industrial Civilization, and currently hosting a series of monthly talks on the topic.

We will soon be launching a Progress Forum for long-forum discussion of progress studies and the philosophy of progress. We also sponsor events for the progress community, such as our recent workshop on Moral Foundations of Progress Studies (and more to come).


Founder & CEO: Jason Crawford

Research assistant (part-time): Clara Collier

Program management (part-time): Alec Wilson

Board of directors: Jason Crawford, Ray Girn, Anil Varanasi

Advisers: Tyler Cowen, Patrick Collison


The Roots of Progress began as a blog in 2017. Jason wrote it part-time for over two years, went full-time in October 2019, and launched it as a nonprofit in August 2021.


We are currently funded by donors including Patrick and John Collison, Anil and Sunil Varanasi, and Adam Wiggins. In the past, support for Jason’s work has come from Jed McCaleb and Jaan Tallinn (via the Survival and Flourishing Fund), the Long-Term Future Fund, Open Philanthropy, and Emergent Ventures.

We also have a Patreon. Thanks to our supporters at the “Edison” level and above (for May 2022):

Adam Wiggins, Andrej Karpathy, Andrew Coyle, Andrew Zey, Aravind Srinivas, Axel Ericsson, B Srinivasan, Benjamin Bernard, Brad Hakes, Coleman Foley, Damon Yeargain, Daniel Golliher, Daniel Horowitz, David Samuelson, David Sinsky, Don Watkins, Edward Pierzchalski, Evan Putra Limanto, Fabrice Grinda, Frederic Bastiat, Glenn Willen, Grady Simon, Greg Salmieri, Hayato Kumagai, Jared, Jason Gritman, Jeff Ridpath, Jeremy, John Beatty, Justin Poirier, Kerry L Vaughan, Konstantin Levinski, Leo Polovets, Luke Therien, Marcus Hartwig, Mark Wickens, Matheus Carvalho, Matt Bateman, Matt Monihan, Matthew Zuck, Mauricio Coen, Michael McCormick, Michael Williams, Nick Gray, Randal Vegter, Riva Tez, Rokey Zhang, Sang Uh Han, Scott Alexander, Sean Linehan, Sean Saito, Stephen Haddad, Streydand, Susan Crawford, Thomas Walczak, Tim Disney, Trevor Blackwell, Trevor McKendrick, Trey Knighton, Tristan Homsi, Vamsi Tetali, Vignan Velivela, Wai Keen Vong, and Yedidya Feldblum.

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