"The reasonable people adapt themselves to the world; the uprisers persist in trying to adapt the world to themselves. Therefore, all progress depends on the uprisers."
- Adapted from a quote by George Bernard Shaw
The evolution of revolution
UPRISER is being designed as the ultimate platform for rapid grassroots organizing, seeding revolutionary ideas, innovation, launching startups, whistle-blowing, starting and coordinating positive initiatives democratically.
New Roundtable for Revolutionaries
Concord, Massachusetts: Where the American Revolution started, another one is beginning. From innovators and philanthropists to Anonymous hacktivists, whistleblowers and rabble rousers to social entrepreneurs, iconoclasts and change-agents to John F. Kennedy’s speech writer – all who share a common bond – the insatiable desire to change the world for good – are coming together to collaborate in a new site designed to coordinate a massive positive change. The site’s name? UPRISER.com
UPRISER aims to unite the eclectic passions of rebels, visionaries, free-spirits and pioneers worldwide by offering them a platform to rapidly share, crowd-filter and amplify revolutionary ideas; giving the best ideas and most pertinent messages the support and attention they deserve. Top posts unlock tools pioneered by Anonymous to stage and coordinate massive distributed operations.
While viral amplification of ideas depends heavily on people’s vanity and willingness to be seen sharing something (often resulting in a glut of shallow silly memes drowning out deeper more pivotal ideas). UPRISER, on the other hand, employs anonymous democratic voting and amplification so important ideas and messages get the attention they deserve. You don’t need to have a big following to be heard, you just need the right idea at the right time.
UPRISER is the brainchild of thought-leader and activist Garret John LoPorto along with Internet activist Gregg Housh, who is associated with the beginnings of Anonymous and Occupy Wall Street. Involved as an advisor is Richard Goodwin, famous whistleblower (see Quiz Show), former speechwriter for John F. Kennedy and U.S. liaison to Che Guevara. Also involved is Pete Dutro who’s in charge of bringing art, comedy, levity and social pranking initiatives to UPRISER.
What happens when you bring millions of change-agents together? We’re about to find out.
Meet the UPRISER visionaries
Garret John LoPorto, a thought-leader and media-artist known for his Internet activism, his viral speeches and music videos which have had over 6 million views in the last year alone, as an inspirational speaker, and an expert in neurodiversity and the psychology behind disruptive innovation. LoPorto authored two books on the psychology of disruptive innovation.
Gregg Housh is an activist who is well known for his involvement in Internet activism, the group Anonymous, and many high profile global actions over the last 5 years. His work has included coordinating global demonstrations against human rights abuses in the Church of Scientology and assisting Iranian members of the Green Movement in reaching the global media. He has used his access to many online and real life movements to spread their messages throughout the media.
Richard Goodwin famous whistleblower and investigator whom the feature film Quiz Show was based on, served as special advisor and speechwriter for Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, acted as a U.S. liaison with Che Guevera, and fought for social justice by working to pass the civil rights act, the voting rights act and Medicare.
When he felt that the misguided Vietnam War was draining the attention and resources that should be focused on domestic issues, he resigned his position in the White House, standing up to power during a time of great turmoil and unrest. Richard Goodwin has been acting as an adviser and mentor for this UPRISER initiative.
Pete Dutro a prominent face of Occupy Wall Street and a founding member of Occupy Wall Street’s finance working group, is a third generation social activist, and cancer survivor at age 30 with no health insurance. He was a partner at the webby-award winning media and software development company, Tinlab.
UPRISER was originally started in 2009, as a secret social network. In 2012, UPRISER has been re-imagined and rebuilt from the ground up.