Unleashing the power of history for the future of democracy.


Our Mission

To strengthen democracy with the power of history. History is a critical source of the civic nutrients we need to be changemakers: empathy, agency, imagination, context and community.


The Problem

The political culture of America is in crisis. Competing and simplified narratives of history create entrenched political tribes. A root cause of this crisis is how we teach history and what we measure as success.

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Our Approach

We are a systems-change initiative, aimed at galvanizing changemakers and history providers from all sectors to transform the market of history. We will provide the infrastructure for a movement to ensure that people get the history they need to be a changemaker.

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Our Values

Our foundational principle is the universal equality of human dignity. All people are created equal and are endowed by whatever creator they hold dear with certain unalienable rights. We believe that history education should help everyone recognize those rights in the abstract, feel the power of these rights for themselves, and respect that others have a claim to the same.

Civility · Empathy · Accuracy · Collaboration

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Who We Are


Fernande Raine, Founder


Fernande is a life-long activist for democracy and passionate lover of history. She completed a Ph.D. in History at Yale after spending much of her undergraduate years in Germany on student government and democracy building efforts in post-Cold-War Europe. As a consultant at McKinsey and Innosight she learned the importance of strategic planning. In 12 years as an entrepreneur at Ashoka, she learned the importance of failure and the power of weaving a team of teams for systemic change. In 16 years as a mom of 4 kids, she has learned that young people are our best teachers.


YeSeul Kim, Operations

Board Members

Dina Buchbinder

Meredith Kellner

Nick Pineda



Peter Kellner

Co-Founder, Endeavor

Bill Drayton

Founder/CEO, Ashoka

Adam Strom

Co-Founder, Reimagining Migration


Margot Strom, Founder

Facing History and Ourselves

Paul Kennedy

Prof. of History, Yale

Patricia Caesar

St. James Strategy, President


Our Partners

In our work, we have been building partnerships with a wide range of institutions in an effort to design a strategy that will tip the system. With gratitude and anticipation, we acknowledge the incredible work they are doing.


History and You

We are looking for people to join our movement.  If you care about history and democracy, share your name so we can keep you posted, share your thoughts so we can be stronger.

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