My name is Alisa Robinson. 

In the Fall of 2010, several months after I graduated from the University of Chicago with a Political Science degree, I decided that I wanted to create a place that would help curious people like me understand the world more thoroughly. With that aim in mind, I developed Elephrame, which, after some years of trial and error, is prepared to do just that. 

When I started Elephrame six years ago, I created it to be an "encyclopedia of ideas," or a collection of humanity's thoughts on the world.  Over the years, however, Elephrame has developed into something more: an archive of both data and ideas. While Elephrame will continue to record the ideas of public figures on a variety of topics from Mental Illness to Net Neutrality, it will also increasingly record data related influential aspects of our society like the Black Lives Matter movement. By incorporating data collection in such a way, I believe that Elephrame will be able provide you and other visitors to the site with a more thorough understanding of the ideas, institutions and people that affect us.

Now, while the data and ideas published on Elephrame are the central features of this website, they are not the only aspects of it that foster understanding.  When you join Elephrame, for instance, you can create shareable "references lists" of articles, studies and other resources on topics that interest you. These lists are important because they allow you give friends and foes easy, organized access to information that they might not otherwise encounter. If you would like access to this feature of Elephrame as well as others, I encourage you to sign up for an account. However, if you'd like to take it more slowly for now, I encourage you to look around or check out the answers to some common questions about this place. Whichever you choose, I'm glad you're here.

Thanks for reading,
Alisa Robinson