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 public events, roundtable discussions, papers, op-eds, and new institutional partnerships, 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.

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What Are the Characteristics of a Silverado Idea?

  • 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?


Trade and Industrial Security

Shaping trade policy to support American workers, secure America's supply chains, and advance equitable trade practices.



Modernizing America's cyber strategy to enhance deterrence, defend against cyber attacks, and protect intellectual property and national security.



Foregrounding the nexus of economic and ecological risk and opportunity to meet the 21st-century climate imperative.