Since 2017, Young Voices has offered our contributors the opportunity to take a deep-dive on specific issue areas with our policy fellowships, pairing up a cohort of our writers with policy organizations and mentors with the expectation of producing tailored media hits.
In recent months, Young Voices offered two such opportunities — a Free Society Fellowship pushing back against rising illiberalism on both the left and right, and a Technology Fellowship tackling 21st century challenges for innovation. Both programs saw fellows working on creative policy projects that enhanced their professional development and promoted free markets and individual rights.
Here are some of the projects completed by our fellows as part of those fellowships:
- Eric Peterson – White Paper: “Regulatory Sandboxes: Where Innovation Happens”: Eric published a white paper with the Louisiana-based Pelican Institute breaking down the benefits of regulatory sandboxes — how they provide temporary regulatory relief to emerging products, and how they could be used to usher in a new wave of innovation in the tech industry.
- Georgia Gilholy – Video Essay: “Nothing to Hide, Nothing to Fear”: Georgia composed a sharp, well-researched video on the dangers of facial recognition technology in the hands of authoritarian governments. Most impressively, she filmed and produced the short documentary herself with Young Voices’ funding. We hope to underwrite more creative policy projects like Georgia’s in the future.
- Dara Macdonald – Free Speech Society: All Minus One: Dara used her time in the Free Society Fellowship to launch an organization defending freedom of speech in Australia. She pulled inspiration from John Stuart Mill’s famous quote that if “all mankind minus one were of one opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind.”
- Cooper Conway – Streaming Show: A Hopeful Future: Cooper is launching a youth-oriented streaming show that will explore contemporary policy issues through a lens of thoughtful optimism. In the show’s pilot episode, Cooper and his guest explore realistic solutions on climate change.
- Elise Amez-Droz – Free Market Healthcare Policy Professional Society: Elise laid the groundwork for a networking society during her fellowship, bringing together the brightest healthcare professionals in the Washington, DC area to find free market solutions to the industry’s greatest challenges. The group met four times in 2021 and has more exciting plans for the future.