Democracy Earth Announces Six Student Ambassadors

Top Quote The inaugural Democracy Earth Student Ambassador class will begin an 8-week online blockchain governance training curriculum. The program, open to university students worldwide, is an extension the foundation’s highly successful Ambassador program with representatives in more than ten countries. Student Ambassador applications close June 25, 2018. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) June 22, 2018 - Democracy Earth Foundation (“Democracy.Earth,” “DEF”) has announced six inaugural student ambassadors entering the Democracy Earth Student Ambassador program: Robel Mulugueta (Yale University), Travis Bell (UC Berkeley), Samuel Eisner (UC Berkeley), Charles Thompson (Cornell University), Avital Balwit (University of Virginia), and Robinson Markus (Northwestern University.

    All students accepted to the DEF Student Ambassador Program will participate in an eight-week learning initiative “Blockchain Governance Basics”, a peer-led training program to provide student ambassadors with a broad understanding of the technical, social, and political contexts for the Democracy Earth blockchain-based governance software platform Sovereign.

    The DEF Student Ambassador Program is open to university students worldwide. The program is an extension of Democracy Earth Foundation’s successful Ambassador program launched in 2017 with inaugural ambassador Sunny Sangha (United Kingdom) delivering the highly regarded TEDx Brum (Birmingham) Talk, “Is a Fair, Global Democracy Possible?” The program has since added ambassadors in Sri Lanka, Thailand, Australia, Denmark, Uruguay, Brazil, the Netherlands and the United States.

    “Universities are rich with micro-activism and decision-making, and in many ways present an ideal environment for innovative governance experiments, “ said Democracy Earth Student Ambassador Program Director Paula Berman.

    With the launch of its Student Ambassador Program, Democracy Earth Foundation aims to create a global movement around liquid democracy, working with democracy activists at the university level. Berman calls the expansion of the DEF Ambassadors program to universities “a natural next step for the Foundation.”

    To find out more about the program visit Ambassadors.Democracy.Earth. Applications are open until June 25. To apply to be a Student Ambassador contact Democracy Earth at hello at to receive a form.

    About Sovereign
    With its Sovereign voting platform built on distributed public ledger technology, Democracy Earth Foundation enables the decentralization of digital voting for new modes of personal sovereignty and greater legitimacy and security in the digital age. The “vote” token supports traditional representative democracy while enabling direct and delegative decision-making and debate. A web-based alpha version of the liquid democracy toolset for voter experimentation can be found at

    About Democracy Earth Foundation
    Democracy Earth Foundation, founded in January 2015, is a California 501(c)(3) non-profit building incorruptible blockchain-based governance software. DEF is a graduate of Silicon Valley accelerators FastForward and YCombinator, and is a Singularity University Governance Challenge Grand Prize winner. DEF piloted its liquid democracy platform as part of the 2016 Colombia peace referendum and part of a Hong Kong CEO vote. The company will launch a public token sale in the coming months at

    Democracy Earth Foundation was founded by Santiago Siri (New York), the technical lead for the open source Sovereign software project. Siri, who is also a World Economic Forum member, co-founded the Partido de la Red political party of Argentina and DemocracyOS. His book, “Hacktivismo” was published by Random House in 2015. MIT Technology Review Latin America named Siri Visionary of the Year in 2017. Coo-founder Pia Mancini (New York) delivered the popular TED Talk “Democracy for the Internet Age” garnering more than 1.2 million views. Co-founder Herb Stephens (San Francisco) is a social entrepreneur and founder of six software startups.

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