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 are also beginning to sponsor private and public events for the progress community, to be announced.


Founder & CEO: Jason Crawford

Chief of Staff: Alec Wilson

Research assistants: Clara Collier, Aleš Flídr

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 December 2021):

Adam Wiggins, Alex, Andrej Karpathy, Andrew Coyle, Andrew Zey, Aravind Srinivas, Axel Ericsson, B Srinivasan, Beauty Skittle, Benjamin Bernard, Brad Hakes, Catherine Dickerson, Coleman Foley, Damon Yeargain, Dan Elton, 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, Jared, Jason Gritman, Jeff Ridpath, Jeffrey Polhemus, Jeremy, John Beatty, Jonathan Hoenig, Justin Poirier, Keenan L Pawley, Kerry L Vaughan, Konstantin Levinski, Leo Polovets, Luke Therien, Marcus Hartwig, Mark Wickens, Matheus Carvalho, Matt Bateman, Matt Monihan, Mauricio Coen, Michael McCormick, Michael Williams, Nick Gray, Paul Oreto, Randal Vegter, Riva Tez, Rokey Zhang, Sang Uh Han, Scott Alexander, Sean Linehan, Sean Saito, Stephen Haddad, Steven Zuber, Streydand, Susan Crawford, Thomas Walczak, Tim Disney, Tommy Collison, Trevor Blackwell, Trevor McKendrick, Trey Knighton, Tristan Homsi, Vamsi Tetali, Vignan Velivela, Wai Keen Vong, Warp Institute, and Yedidya Feldblum.

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