In 1993, Harry Nathan Gottlieb launched a pilot with a group of young reporters to use this new thing called the “World Wide Web” to launch a new kind of journalism: one focused on exploring multiple solutions to big civic problems. Given that the internet had only become available to the public a few months earlier, that initiative was, well, a little too early.
Harry went on to start two successful interactive communication companies: Jellyvision and Jackbox Games. But Harry’s dream of finding a way for Americans to directly participate in solving big problems, not by fighting each other, but by deliberating multiple solutions together never went away.
In the summer of 2019, in a deeply polarized country, Harry interviewed scores of Americans from all walks of life and discovered that we are far more united than we think. Energized by knowing that we share many of the same goals, Unify America was launched in January of 2020 to reduce contempt, teach Americans to work together and build a diverse community to find ambitious solutions and solve our biggest problems.
How does an entrepreneur move from designing games to saving democracy? We asked Harry's teenage son, Moses, to find out.Read a Q&A with Harry
Recognize that the things we believe in and that we know may actually be wrong. Staying open to learning from the experience of others is a daily practice.
When you’re feeling overwhelmed by the stupidity or greed of your fellow Americans, remember those same people have also engaged in acts of compassion and generosity, but that story didn’t get reported.
Individuals and organizations can’t grow without people being honest. By doing so in a kind way, it makes it much easier to embrace truths that are sometimes hard to hear.
Go ahead, have a snack. We’ll wait. Better yet, share some.
Whether it’s connecting with other Americans outside one’s “bubble,” learning new skills or solving our collective problems, no matter how serious the purpose, the journey should be fascinating and fun.
You are great at figuring things out and aren’t afraid to ask questions. We’re a startup, so no two days are the same. You’re ready to roll up your sleeves and get things done.
For you, work must create meaning and impact. You want a job with other people who are driven by the mission. And you are energized by results.
You believe in inclusion and are open to learning. Unifiers embrace feedback and practice humility.
Unify America is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity in all its forms and evaluate candidates without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected categories.
Most importantly, it’s critical that we represent the whole of the American political spectrum. We celebrate and embrace differences and support equity and inclusion. It’s what we do.