Why Create Startup Societies?

Our Idea is Simple

Don't argue about it, build the alternative.

Around the world, people are dissatisfied with their governments. Most governments are difficult (and slow) to change, in part due to their size. Our idea is simple: don't argue about it, build the alternative. While the term "startup society"is new, the concept is not. American colonies began as startup societies to escape religious persecution in Europe.

While every society in history began as a startup, there are plenty of modern examples. Cities such as Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Singapore have lifted millions of people out of poverty and have the same economic output as many nation states. Currently, there are more than 3000 startup societies across the globe.

1. Fewer special interests impeding change

Around the world, people are dissatisfied with their governments. Most governments are difficult (and slow) to change, in part due to their size. Our idea is simple: don't argue about it, build the alternative. While the term "startup society"is new, the concept is not. American colonies began as startup societies to escape religious persecution in Europe.

2. Easy to leave

The larger the geographical area of a state, the harder and more expensive it is to leave. Because startup societies are small, they're easy to leave. As a result, startup societies will provide better benefits than nearby territories; if they don’t serve their citizens, startup societies will lose them.
(See our Principle of Exit for additional information.)

3. More data

Proper science requires a large sample size, meaning many examples to draw from. With large, stagnant, centralized states, there is less precedent to make policy predictions. Since startup societies are small and decentralized, they create more (and diverse) policy examples, so policy makers can implement new policies based on richer data sets. Startup societies put the science in social science.

5. Efficient use of technology

Startup societies are not restricted to old infrastructure and can benefit from technological advancements with greater ease and efficiency than older, larger states. Since startup societies are small and easier to leave, they must take every precaution to remain competitive and retain citizens — thus, they often turn to tech. Examples: Shenzhen, the “Silicon Valley of Hardware,” and Singapore, often called a future city.

Shenzhen, China

Shenzhen

Before & After

Singapore

Don't Argue. Build.

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