A Record of Impact

We don’t just sit around and think, in a tank or elsewhere. We get results.

We don’t just sit around and think, in a tank or elsewhere. We get results. Our ideas have been adopted by the President, Members of Congress, and other policymakers. We’re proud of our track record that includes . . .

  • Helping to enact more than $3 trillion in deficit reduction
  • Spearheading a campaign to fix the safety net, reform entitlements, and invest in the future
  • Offering a centrist approach for the climate change debate
  • Leading the effort to ease the strain on the troops during war
  • Reversing decades of losses on marriage for gay couples… and much more

A Record of Impact

We don’t just sit around and think, in a tank or elsewhere. We get results. Our ideas have been adopted by the President, Members of Congress, and other policymakers. We’re proud of our track record that includes...

Getting People Talking

How we build buzz with news and events.


We want people talking about our ideas. That’s why we aggressively promote our products with the media, making sure that we don’t just issue papers and reports but that we use them to drive the policy and political conversation in Washington. We’re delighted to say that our approach often works—the most influential publications and the most respected columnists frequently cover our work, and we are regulars on radio and TV. We also use social media­­ both to share our perspectives and amplify those we support, and when needed, we bring together leading policymakers and thinkers with events that showcase our centrist positions and bring attention to new ideas. But don’t take our word for it: top media have credited us with “original, influential and rigorous work on the most pressing challenges,” called us “the most influential moderate Democratic think tank,” and said we’ve made a “real impact on debate in the center ground of American politics.”

Getting People Talking

We want people talking about our ideas. That’s why we aggressively promote our products with the media, making sure that we don’t just issue papers and reports but that we use them to drive the policy and political conversation in Washington.

Why Third Way?

Highly allergic to the orthodoxies of both the left and right, we believe America is best led from the center.

We believe that America is best led from the center. We are Democrats and Independents who share the conviction that government plays an essential role in keeping our promises—for equal opportunity, individual liberty, stewardship of our resources, and lasting security. But we also believe that our nation’s public policies must regularly be re-imagined if we’re going to fulfill those ideals.

That conviction makes us highly allergic to the orthodoxies of both the left and right. That means we are passionately moderate on economic, energy, and education issues, unabashedly forward-thinking on social policy, avowedly internationalist on national security.

Why Third Way?

We believe that America is best led from the center. We are Democrats and Independents who share the conviction that government plays an essential role in keeping our promises—for equal opportunity, individual liberty, stewardship of our resources, and lasting security. But we also believe that our nation’s public policies must regularly be re-imagined if we’re going to fulfill those ideals.

Fellows Program

An exceptional opportunity for those who aspire to become policymakers.

We have faith in the dreamers and doers. They come to Washington because no matter the decade or how bad the gridlock, they know that in this town we can do big things that transform our country.

Our Fellows Program is an exceptional opportunity following graduate school for those who aspire to become policymakers. Our fellows spend a year working with some of the top policy staff and issue experts in Washington. They collaborate in policy teams to develop new ideas, top-notch research, and fresh insights. They author papers, publish op-eds and are interviewed by national media—allowing them to get a first taste of public service and put their own stamp on the policymaking process.

Fellows Program

We have faith in the dreamers and doers. They come to Washington because no matter the decade or how bad the gridlock, they know that in this town we can do big things that transform our country.

Who is the Center?

We are moderates, and if you are too, you are not alone.

We are moderates, and if you are too, you are not alone. You weigh arguments from both sides. You see complexity where others find certainty. You don’t shout down discussion. You see the folly of absolutes. Compromise is a virtue. You are willing to give a little to get a little. You want government to work and believe it can, but fear it won’t. Your decision is not whether to vote, but for whom to vote. You are willing to be persuaded. You are a moderate; you occupy the center. You represent the plurality of the national electorate. You are interesting. And you are not alone.

Who is the Center?

We are moderates, and if you are too, you are not alone.

Thinking Toolkit

We are excited to share our tools with you as you build your career and work for what you believe in.

We understand your daily challenges. Whether you’re just beginning your career in politics or are leading an entire office, you have to do many things well: solve problems, generate new ideas, break logjams, persuade your boss, communicate effectively, and lead productive meetings. Above all, you must ensure that every project is done well and on time.

Marquee companies like Apple and IBM don’t expect their employees to have all these skills on day one. They have woven the use of thinking tools into every area of their business, just as we have at Third Way. Now, we are making those tools available to you and everyone on your team.

We are excited to make this offer and to support you as you build your career and work for what you believe in.

Thinking Toolkit

We are excited to share our tools with you as you build your career and work for what you believe in.

Hot Products

A tasting menu of the kind of fresh thinking we have produced over the years.

We’ve produced a lot of stuff. You can explore all of our products on this site—everything from the economy to national security, financial markets to health care reform, education to moderate politics, and energy to social issues—it’s all there. But if you want a tasting menu of the kind of fresh thinking we have produced over the years, click here.

  • What is the State of the Center?
  • How do we ensure the American Dream thrives?
  • What training programs are needed for today’s workforce?
  • How do we ensure teaching is a viable career option?
  • What set of clean energy policies comprise meaningful climate action?

Hot Products

You can explore all of our products on this site—everything from the economy to national security, financial markets to health care reform, education to moderate politics, and energy to social issues—it’s all here.

What's Next?

Big, systemic change can’t be done on a pinched timeline. We devote a good chunk of our policy work to planting the seeds of policy innovations that may take three, five or 15 years to blossom.

We’re always peering over the horizon. Sure, we’re smack in the middle of many of the hottest legislative battles in Congress, from gun safety and immigration reform to the Affordable Care Act and budget deals. But we believe that the kind of big, systemic change that we aspire to catalyze—on climate change, the new economy, health care cost containment, K-12 education and other often intractable issues—can’t be done with a short-term worldview and pinched timeline. So we've devoted a good chunk of our policy work to planting the seeds of innovations that may take three, five, 10 or 15 years to blossom—and then steadily implementing the strategies that will bring those ideas from the sidelines to the forefront of national debates.

What's Next?

Big, systemic change can’t be done on a pinched timeline. We devote a good chunk of our policy work to planting the seeds of policy innovations that may take three, five or 15 years to blossom.