Who We Are

Social Evolution is a non-profit organization dedicated to liberating people and solving social problems through innovation.

We believe:

  1. New forms of social organization will be powered by technology.
  2. Old mediating structures and governance will soon be obsolete.
  3. We must prepare ourselves for a more decentralized world.

Our first order of business? Translate inspiration into incubation.

We're building a new ethos. We're building new systems. We're galvanizing a movement.

Welcome to Social Evolution.

our story

We’re a team of dreamers, geeks, and idealists. If someone says “you can’t do that.” We’ll say “Why not?” With innovation and culture we can move mountains.

We started Social Evolution because we're fed up with the old ways of making social change. Most people form ideological tribes, waste energy on politics, and pull against each other in tug of war.

We say “drop the rope.” We’re more effective working together in mission-driven networks.

“Just as millions of anthozoan polyps create, willy-nilly, a coral reef,” writes political scientist James C. Scott, “so do thousands upon thousands of individual acts of insubordination and evasion create a political or economic barrier reef of their own.”

Focus on Mutual Aid

We have begun focusing in earnest on technology and governance models for the development of self-organizing mutual aid. Our DISC framework -- Distributed Income Support Cooperatives -- are currently in development.

Board of Directors

Michael Strong

Michael Strong is an education and Startup City entrepreneur, author of The Habit of Thought and lead author of Be the Solution: How Entrepreneurs and Conscious Capitalists Can Solve All the World's Problems. He is co-founder of FLOW, Conscious Capitalism, Radical Social Entrepreneurs, and KoSchool.

Matt McKibbin

Matt is a decentralization evangelist, a business development guru, and he's passionate about blockchains, smart contracts, venture capital. Matt is founder of Decentralization.network, an organization devoted to developing initiatives in the blockchain and tokenization space.

Joel Dusoe

Joel is the Senior Manager for Educational Programs at the Charles Koch Institute. In his role at CKI, he focuses on building talent development opportunities for the Institute’s new audiences including media creators, civic leaders, and disruptive innovators. Joel lives in Washington, D.C.

Colin Pape

Colin is a serial entrepreneur who founded the community commerce network, ShopCity.com. He is also co-founder and CEO of Presearch.io, a decentralized competitor in the search engine space. He lives with his wife and son in Midland, Ontario.

James Anderson

James is co-founder of Blockchain Investor and former marketing manager at IHS and FEE. He is fascinated by all things in the cryptocurrency and tokenization space. He lives in the Washington, D.C. area.

Max Borders

Max Borders is the founder and Executive Director of Social Evolution. Max is also co-founder of the Voice & Exit event and former editor at the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE). He lives in Austin with his two boys.

Kimberly King

Kimberly King is an internationally recognized social entrepreneur and change agent in the field of public-private partnerships and innovation ecosystems. Her passion is the intersection of business strategy and social impact.

Brian Robertson

Brian Robertson is an experienced entrepreneur, organizational pioneer, and author of the book Holacracy: The New Management System for a Rapidly Changing World. He is best known for his work developing Holacracy®, a self-management practice for running purpose-driven, responsive companies.

Production Partners


Emergent Order is an integrated media and marketing agency based in Austin, TX. They make branded content that helps companies connect with human beings. Their team -- lead by CEO John Papola -- produces feature films, mobile apps, and marketing campaigns that strengthen brand engagement and amplify advocacy. In short, we want these pros on our side.

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