iSolon.org is a non-profit committed to exploring and advancing opportunities for democratic reform where elected officials have a conflict of interest with the American public and auxiliary democratic institutions are needed to address the conflict. Its current area of focus is state constitutional convention based democratic reform. Fourteen U.S. states have a periodic referendum on whether to convene a state constitutional convention. The last one was Rhode Island in 2014; the next is New York in 2017. In most of these states, the referendum appears on the ballot only once every twenty years. In most of these states, too, a state constitutional convention offers the only opportunity to bypass the legislature’s gatekeeping power over constitutional amendment. iSolon.org’s previous area of focus was the use of information technology to enhance democratic accountability.
iSolon.org is a project of J.H. Snider, who founded it in 2007. In the interim, Snider has been a fellow at the Harvard Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics (2011-13) and Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy (2008). He came to Washington, DC as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow in Communications & Public Policy (1999-2000). He then served as a fellow and research director at the New America Foundation (2001-2007). He has a Ph.D. in American Government from Northwestern University, an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School (with a focus on non-profit management), and an undergraduate degree in Social Studies from Harvard College.