David Fridley

David Fridley

Founder, Synaccord, LLC

David received a BA in Computer Science from UC San Diego, and spent a career in engineering. Then he received an MBA from Suffolk University and was working in his second career in product management, in business communications products. He was taking an online course in user interface design, where there were hundreds of students. To get a grade, students had to submit their work and then review the work of 5 others. He learned by giving feedback, and receiving it. Then he realized those other students could be liberals and conservatives and 1000’s of people could be working on how to make this country awesome. In 2014 he started Synaccord, LLC to build tools that bring synergy and accord to online discussion, and in 2016 launched CivilPursuit.com to be a home for productive deliberative discussions of national political issues.


Why do you believe innovations in participatory democracy are important?

To be effective, democracy needs to be a two way process. If people don’t participate, at least ‘enough’, they become out of sync with each other and polarization ensues and the effectiveness of the government declines. We need innovations in participatory democracy in order to get people back to the discussion, so we can reverse the polarization that is holding us back.


What do you hope to see at the 2018 Innovations in Participatory Democracy Conference?

I hope to meet a lot of other people working on innovations in PD and to see synergy happen and new and bigger innovations emerge.