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Jason Crawford

Founder, Roots of Progress

Jason Crawford is the founder of The Roots of Progress, a nonprofit dedicated to building a culture of progress for the 21st century, and the author of The Techno-Humanist Manifesto. Read more of his work on the history of technology and the philosophy of progress on Substack.

Jason is recognized as a leading thinker in the progress movement. He started writing about progress in 2017. He has written for the MIT Technology Review, been interviewed as a spokesman for the movement by BBC and Vox, and given guest lectures at MIT. He advises fellows at the Foresight Institute, and previously consulted for Our World in Data. He has more than 20,000 newsletter subscribers and over 33,000 Twitter followers. Vox named him to their “Future Perfect 50” list alongside Will MacAskill, Jennifer Doudna, and Max Tegmark. He has received grants for his work from the Mercatus Center and Open Philanthropy.

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