I'm Adam Cronkright, and I'm dedicated to a vision of democracy that has nothing to do with politicians or parties. It's about people.

I'm Adam Cronkright, and I'm dedicated to a vision of democracy that has nothing to do with politicians or parties. It's about people.

I'm Adam Cronkright, and I'm working to push beyond elections.

We need to develop new approaches to democracy that are more trusted, effective, and that bring out the best in people. I think we should start by replacing traditional elections with elections by lot in cities and counties across the country.

This is the change I’m working toward, and I want to connect with people from all parts of the political spectrum who have had it with the game of traditional electoral politics and want to create something better.

Learn more about elections by lot here, check out my blog, and find out more about me below. And if this resonates with you then get in touch!

About me

I lost faith in elections when I was 21 years old. I’ve never registered nor do I identify with any political party. The political change I want to see is not a partisan one, nor is it tied to any substantive issues, such as the economy, the environment, or abortion. Rather, the change I seek would do away with politicians, parties, and other middlemen, and empower communities to decide for themselves how they want to live and what they want for their future.

I was born and raised by a loving and supportive family in the town of Baldwinsville, just outside of Syracuse, in New York’s Rust Belt. I also spent a good amount of time during my formative years visiting my grandparents, cousins, and aunts and uncles in rural Michigan. I earned a degree in Economics and Global Development Studies from Queen’s University in Canada, and I’ve had the great fortune of being able to visit and live in many different parts of the US and many countries around the world. All of this has given me a unique perspective on my country and my role as a citizen.

Where I'm coming from:

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Democracy In Practice

Co-founder & Director

Democracy In Practice is an internationally-recognized non-profit organization that has reinvented leadership and civic education through innovative practices such as Student Government Lotteries.

As a Co-founder and Director, I have a wide range of experience including navigating the complex challenges of establishing and growing a startup; proposing and implementing innovative student government designs; coordinating projects; managing personnel; branding and marketing; fundraising; preparing financial statements; meeting with public officials; and speaking at conferences, on podcasts, and on the radio.

Democracy R&D


Democracy R&D is an international network of organizations, researchers, and practitioners working to develop better ways to do democracy. It is currently made up of 17 organizations in 12 countries: Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom, and the United States of America.

I participate in Democracy R&D as part of Democracy In Practice.

Occupy Wall Street

Facilitator & Organizer

I moved to New York City in 2011, to participate in the Occupy Wall Street protest in hopes that it would create serious debate about our political system. During that time, I was primarily engaged in the Facilitation and Structure working groups, co-facilitating two General Assemblies in Zuccotti Park and co-authoring the proposal that created a confederated ‘Spokescouncil’, in response to the failings and limitations of the General Assembly as a decision-making body.

While Occupy did not create an opening for the type of political change I seek, I nevertheless learned a great deal from those intense months facilitating and organizing in Lower Manhattan.