* Politically oriented think tank dedicated to studying changes in voter demographics and the technologies by which potential voters may be contacted and influenced
* Instructs progressive political figures in the effective use of blogs, Internet advertising, and cell phones to engage their constituencies
Established in May 2005 to counter “the rise of the conservative movement,” the New Politics Institute (NPI) describes itself as a “new kind of think tank helping progressives understand today’s transformation of politics due to the tumultuous changes in technology, media, and the demographics of the country.” Focusing “on politics, not policies,” NPI “acts like a strategy center” designed to “deal with the new realties of politics right now.” The Institute pursues this goal by helping media and technology experts collaborate with “critical constituencies like Hispanics and young people of the Millennial Generation … to modernize the practice of politics for … progressives of all stripes.”
NPI was founded by the Democratic Party operative and strategist Simon Rosenberg. His co-founders included Gina Glantz, Andrew and Deborah Rappaport, and Cecile Richards. The Rappaports in particular were key providers of NPI’s initial funding, as was the Service Employees International Union.
Peter Leyden, based in NPI’s San Francisco office, is the Institute’s current director. He previously worked for Global Business Network, a futures research and strategic consulting firm. He also was a journalist with several newspapers, and served as the managing editor of Wired magazine, which helped drive the digital revolution and pioneered the early online new media.
NPI currently focuses its work on two major areas:
1) The Coming America program targets specific demographics whose support could prove crucial to the Democratic Party, most notably:
2) The Tech and Media Content program is founded on the premise that each form of communications-related technology offers its own distinctive “political opportunity” that progressives must recognize and exploit. For example:
Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas Zuniga serves as a Fellow with NPI. He is joined in this role by a number of individuals who have had ties to such entities as the Southern California ACLU Foundation, America Coming Together, the Apollo Alliance, the Brookings Institution, the Center for American Progress, the 1992 Bill Clinton presidential campaign, Current TV, the Democratic National Committee, the Economic Policy Institute, the 2004 presidential campaigns of John Kerry and Howard Dean, the League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, Mother Jones magazine, NARAL, National Public Radio, Planned Parenthood, the Progressive Policy Institute, the Sierra Club, Sojourners, and Working Assets.
To disseminate its message as broadly as possible, NPI has held numerous public events in Washington, DC; has written many reports that have been posted on its website and distributed to key organizations and opinion-shapers across the United States; and has held private meetings with a range of progressive groups and individual political actors.
NPI is closely affiliated with NDN (formerly known as the New Democrat Network) and the New Policy Institute.
 By NPI’s calculus, if 1 million people would each devote a mere 10 minutes of their time to “mobile [phone] action” during a presidential campaign, their aggregate efforts would amount to some 83 “person years” of labor.
 As of September 2012, these Fellows included Sergio Bendixen, Tim Chambers, Jamie Daves, Michael Kieschnick, Jennifer Nix, Julie Bergman Sender, Jonathan Spalter, Ruy Teixeira, Joe Trippi, Luis Ubiñas, Theo Yedinsky, and Markos Moulitsas Zuniga.