DC's Creative Advocacy Lab

Building a cultural and political community nourished by face-to-face creative action & experimentation

 

We fuse the cultural with the political,

systems redesign with personal & collective transformation,

art with strategic advocacy & action.

 

More than "feeling good" & beyond "raising awareness".

We work to transform the culture of politics & explore how to build a system that centers the needs and values of humanity:

Equity | Respect | Liberation

 

Co-Directors

Brianna McGowan

Brianna is the Chief Technology Officer of Delicious Democracy. She is a developer, poet, data scientist, advocate, and modern dancer passionate about intersecting worlds, developing community-owned AI, and building Equitism.

Sam

Bonar

Sam is the Chief Strategy Officer, of Delicious Democracy. He is a comedic strategist, bard, advocate, miscommunication facilitator, and systems tinkerer. He uses improvisation and infinite play to build Equitism and cut through the bullshit.

But what do we actually do?
Current Experiments

Dancing in Congress

Playfulness is effective and legal (if you don't call it "protesting")

Art as Advocacy/Strategy

Beyond "Raising Awareness" - we bring artists face-to-face with power

Miscommunication Workshops

Leaders, politicians, and teams can learn to strengthen communication and unleash the value of collaboration.

Monthly Experimental Gatherings

We bring folks together at DC community restaurants (or virtual spaces these days) to break bread, find meaning, and talk about how to build a politics that doesn't suck - the second Tuesday of each month!

Connecting Face-to-Face

Food, Fellowship, and Finding Meaning - these are new types of events that embrace uncertainty and emotional tensions

Open Mic for Poetry & Rituals

Try something new, awaken your senses, and explore the power of community to touch, move, and inspire

The only Alternate Reality Civic Engagement Game

An atlas and game map for community organizing, building equitable power, and everyday political action

 

Blend the Real and Virtual

Players must explore the physical world to explore and go on quests in the game world

 

Get Rewarded for Showing Up

It rewards discovering community and advocacy events, incentivizes face-to-face one-on-ones as the basis of power-building, and mobilizes through immersive and participatory storytelling

Download & Test the Alpha Version

Available on the iPhone App Store, but it's not good yet! We're trying radical transparency and letting you in to our mess. Tell us what you think and make it your own!

What's everyone yelling about?
Our Issues

Transforming

the System:

There's so much to be upset about or fight against.

 

We work on issues that envision an equitable future, build community strength, and address the root causes of BS:

 

corruption, election integrity, voting rights, civic engagement, community ownership of data and tech platforms, and a structural lack of political creativity.

 

Solving wicked problems requires more than a direct assault on obvious symptoms.

One of the few systemic changes that can transform the culture of elections, Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) is a well-tested voting system where you are free to vote for who you really want. You can rank your choices instead of picking only one.

The people and communities of DC are second-class citizens without full control of our local money and laws. Yes, we're not all politicians in this culture-rich city - the rest of the country sends THEIR politicians to OUR city. Becoming a state is the beginning of deciding our own future.

Co-ops, tech equity, transformative justice... We're prototyping a new economic and political system grounded in community ownership, systemic balance, and infinite play. Everyone hates capitalism and socialism these days - let's make something new to  nourish us.

Equitism

Rank

the Vote

Liberate

DC

 

Contact Us

We love a good dare.
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Want to support the experiments and fund the monthly Happenings?

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Happenings

No upcoming events at the moment
 

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