From Ideas to Implementation

No one has a monopoly on solutions to complex global challenges. At Silverado, we believe that fundamental disagreement over questions of American policy is not only an inevitable byproduct of our democratic process; it is an absolutely indispensable part of that process.


Through a series of roundtable discussions leading up to our inaugural Ideas Competition, we're bringing together policy experts and stakeholders from different disciplines, industries, and political vantage-points to challenge entrenched ideas about American leadership and build consensus around new paths toward American prosperity and global competitiveness in the 21c.

What Are the Characteristics of a Silverado Idea?

Have a creative policy idea that you're dying to share? Don't wait until the Ideas Competition! Send us a link to your paper, article, report, or study at info@silverado.org, or Tweet us @SilveradoPolicy, and we'll share ideas here.

  • Diagnostic: Does it identify a discrete policy challenge or failure?
  • Solution-oriented: Does it offer a focused solution to that problem?
  • Inventive: Does it present a creative or unconventional approach to a policy challenge?
  • Actionable: Does it include a clear path towards implementation?
  • Bipartisan: Can it draw support from across the political spectrum?
  • Empirical: Can its influence be observed and measured?
  • Integrative: Does it intersect with more than one of Silverado’s three focus areas?
  • Scalable: Can its scope be broadened to address related policy challenges?