The Roots of Progress


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


Our President 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 host the Progress Forum for long-form discussion of progress studies and the philosophy of progress. We also sponsor events for the progress community, such as our workshop on Moral Foundations of Progress Studies (and more to come).


Founder & President: Jason Crawford

Executive assistant: Yel Alonzo

Program management (part-time): Alec Wilson

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

Advisers: Tyler Cowen, Patrick Collison


A brief timeline of the evolution of this project:


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 December 2022):

Adam Wiggins, Andrej Karpathy, Andrew Coyle, Andrew Zey, Aravind Srinivas, Arno Vel, Axel Ericsson, B Srinivasan, Ben Springwater, Benjamin Bernard, Brad Hakes, Coleman Foley, DAMon yeargain, Daniel Golliher, Daniel Horowitz, David Samuelson, David Sinsky, Edmund Zagorin, Edward Pierzchalski, Emerson Spartz, Evan Putra Limanto, Fabrice Grinda, Frederic Bastiat, Glenn Willen, Grady Simon, Greg Salmieri, Hayato Kumagai, Jared, Jason Gritman, Jeff Ridpath, Jeremy, John Beatty, Kerry L Vaughan, Konstantin Levinski, Leo Polovets, Luke Therien, Lynne Kiesling, Marcus Hartwig, Mark Wickens, Matheus Carvalho, Matt Bateman, Matt Monihan, Matthew Zuck, Mauricio Coen, Michael McCormick, Michael Williams, Nick Gray, Randal Vegter, Sang Uh Han, Scott Alexander, Sean Linehan, Sean Saito, Stephen Haddad, streydand, Susan Crawford, Tim Disney, Tom Walczak, Trevor Blackwell, Trevor McKendrick, Trey Causey, Trey Knighton, Tristan Homsi, Vignan Velivela, Wai Keen Vong, Yedidya Feldblum.

You can add your name to the list via PayPal or on Patreon:

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We are a 501(c)(3) public educational charity; in the US, donations to such organizations are tax-deductible.

Our EIN: 86-3502300


Questions or feedback? Email Jason:

Mailing address:

9450 SW Gemini Dr
PMB 74328
Beaverton, OR 97008-7105