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1 / Join the Nation

Join thousands of other citizens of the Shared Nation. Every citizen commits at least $2 per month to a large, shared pool that we use to support great organizations and causes.

2 / Explore

Study the exciting candidate organizations vying for our combined funds. We introduce a new topic area every month and invite the community to review their proposals for action.

3 / Vote!

Use our innovative pairwise voting technology to help the group narrow down its choices and decide which solution to support. Every participating project will be offered a small percentage of our support for taking part but one lucky organization receives the vast majority of our funds. Click here to see what a sample vote looks like!

4 / Follow the Winning Organization

The Shared Nation community will watch the winning organization make strides towards addressing global challenges, getting regular updates and offering ideas and support.

What We Are Not

It is important to note that Shared Nation is not:

  • A crowdfunding site where individuals can select many options for investment; it is a community or ‘nation’ that seeks to aggregate its wealth and power to support powerful solutions to shared problems.
  • A lobbying or advocacy site where people try to influence elected officials; we believe that too much debate and contemplation is ineffective, that direct action is needed and that advocacy alone won’t suffice.

So far, participants have said SN reminds them of a citizens’ foundation, March Madness and a massive multiplayer game, all rolled into one. But the truth is there is really no simple analogy for what we are creating. It is something new in the world, and, we think, an idea whose time has come.