About Us / FAQ
Q: Who are you? Who is behind this project?
A: Unbubble is a cross-partisan, non-commercial, non-profit, non-ideological project. There is no special interest behind it - other than some private citizens who feel we need to get beyond our bubbles and talk to each other as Americans.
The idea emerged from a group of friends/colleagues from Arizona, Connecticut, Indiana, New York, Texas, Virginia and Washington who were talking about ways to strengthen our democracy. Once this founding team reaches a few dozen people from sufficiently diverse walks of life, we’ll announce all the names behind it.
Q: What is your expertise in the area?
A: We don’t have any official expertise and that’s sort of the point. We come to this just as participants in the democracy. Many of us in the founding group have expertise in the sphere of education, design and technology. We are assembling a group of advisors in online conversations, politics, design, sociology, media, technology, community building, and faith. If you would like to offer your help, please contact us.
Q: How can I help?
A: Unbubble will launch multiple conversation forums in which 100 people from different backgrounds can talk to each other about issues that concern them. You will be able to describe how your personal story informs your views on particular topics. For now, please recommend to others that they join us at letsunbubble.org so we can attract the diverse participation that we want from all over the country. If you might have particular skills that would be useful to designing and making the platform for Unbubble, please let us know. We will also want writers and editors from different walks of life who can help us write cross-partisan, unbiased briefings on current issues.
If you like this idea and want to get involved in helping Unbubble get built, grow and recruit members, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org and share letsunbubble.org on your favorite social channels.
Q: How will the unbubble groups be determined?
A: We will ask participants to answer a few questions about their background, views and favorite sources of information. Our software will gather strangers from across the political and socio-economic spectrum in order to establish as many balanced 100-person “Unbubble” groups as we can. Each group should reflect the makeup of the adult American population overall.
Q: What are you hoping to achieve?
A: We are hoping to strengthen our democracy. We feel Americans should be having difficult conversations about current issues and about what kind of future we are building. We are not trying to change anybody’s mind or prove that anybody is right or wrong. We expect the arguments will be heated, but we hope that Unbubble conversations help participants achieve greater understanding and empathy toward the views of different people. This may someday point the way to areas of common ground in local and national conversations on any topic.