April 28th: Direct Congress’s Chief Steward gave a TEDx presentation, “How this generation will transform American politics”
April 11th: Direct Congress is announced as a finalist in Temple University’s Business Plan Competition with $200,000.00 in prizes.
March 12th: Chief Steward of Direct Congress is interviewed Live on WHIP Student Radio for over half an hour.
March 9th: Direct Congress produces “If George Washington had an iPad” a three minute inspirational VIDEO presentation that was published on Kickstarter.
March 6th: Pepperdine University, School of Public Policy highlights Direct Congress in their Gov 2.0 Watch.
February 22nd: National Public Radio’s WHYY in the tri-state region discusses the concept for Direct Congress for five minutes – a little over half way through NewsWorks Tonight with Dave Heller.
February 22nd: Louis Rodriguez, CEO of a Civil Engineering firm, Steven Williams, Executive Director of Partnership Community Development Corporation, and Andrew Smith, Professor of Political Philosophy all join Founding Board of Directors adding to the gravitas and diversity of Direct Congress’ head leadership
February 21st: First Female Leader, Executive Director of the Computer Technology Institute and Metropolitan Career Center, Linda Hahn, MSW joins the Founding Board of Direct Congress
February 20th, 2012: Civil Rights leader Rabbi George Stevens joins the Founding Interim Board of Directors
February 15th, 2012: Retired U.S. Coast Guard Officer and Captain of the Port of Philadelphia joins the Founding Interim Board of Direct Congress.
February 14th, 2012: Sarah Fleischman writes articulately for Temple News: Website Offers Public Input in Lawmaking.
February 7th, 2012: Professor Scott Gallagher, joins Board of Directors. With a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a Ph.D. in Organization Management from Rutgers University, Dr. Gallagher represents America’s best aspirations for a country led by bright citizens and well-reviewed ideas.
February 7th, 2012: Transition Philadelphia publishes article about Direct Congress.
February 2nd, 2012: History Professor and Trusted Civic Leader, Jeff Hornstein joins the Direct Congress Board of Directors
February 1st, 2012: James Madison University’s College of Business Announces the Launch of Direct Congress
January 28th, 2012: Direct Congress launched their Stage O website and donation campaign at an annual winter party for the Economics Department of Temple University.
The text from the speech at Saturday night’s launch party:
“Friends & Colleagues, When we offered to host this year’s party, I had no intention for it to become a momentous occasion. But, sometimes in the course of human events, the stars of good fate and human collaboration align to produce something extraordinary. Two hundred and twenty five years ago – just over a mile from where we now gather – the Founding Fathers of the United States created one of the best models for government known to humankind. And, just eight years ago, a class of students at Harvard University adopted a social network that has transformed how we share information. What do these two examples have to do with tonight?… (dramatic pause) I get to explain why I’ve been skimping on my homework lately. (laughter) Tonight, I will present to you the unity of good governance with the power of bringing people together online. This is our opportunity to make history. Ladies & Gentleman: DirectCongress.org – a platform where We the People can create and vote on laws ourselves. The website is now live and can speak for itself.” – Founder of Direct Congress