Progressive speakers and ideas in one place
There's a disconnect between what the American people care about and what corporate media chooses to focus on. This didn't start with social media, Trump, or flat screen TV's. The exploitation of workers, discrimination against people of color, calls for military aggression, and other "features" of our democracy have been in development for decades. As part of this process, progressives who challenge the status quo—from leading intellectuals like Noam Chomsky to progressive YouTube hosts—have been continuously pushed to the margins.
Progressive Speaker (PS) addresses this issue by connecting audiences with speakers who focus on money in politics, the climate crisis, social justice, income inequality and other topics that are central to the progressive movement in the U.S.
Our mission is to provide an independent platform for progressive speakers and to facilitate opportunities for transformative dialogue in the U.S. through:
Providing a space for established and up-and-coming progressive speakers
Currently, there are few places online where people can discover and contact progressives outside of the corporate press, social media, and for-profit political groups. We provide an environment where progressive content and speakers don't have to compete with sponsored ads and click-bait, or be buried by mysterious algorithms.
Connecting progressives to speaking engagements with U.S. audiences
We can't count on social media to save us from tyranny. What has been proven to work are real-life interactions around the issues people care about. This is why our ultimate goal is to see more progressives talk in universities, conferences, workshops and other places where their ideas can reach the public.
No comission or transaction fees. Speakers join for free.
Progressive Speaker doesn't profit from commission fees—once contacted, speakers get to negotiate the terms of their speaking engagement. This means that the support we receive goes directly toward facilitating more speaking engagements and generating more funds for progressive public speakers in the U.S.
Video Compilation: Progressives Who Inspire Us
Let's Work Together
We support the platforms of organizations that acknowledged the need for fundamental change in our society through bottom-up citizen participation. If you have a progressive podcast, talk show, YouTube channel, magazine, etc., we'd love to work with you.
Send us your inquiries and ideas at: firstname.lastname@example.org. PS was launched in February 2019 by Zhivko Illeieff, a digital marketing strategist who volunteers his time to create alternatives to social and corporate media's addictive design, pay-top-play model, and toxicity (click here to learn more about the history and vision of Progressive Speaker).