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welcome to the
Think Different Campaign
Santa Cruz style

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All videos shown on this election site can be found on our YouTube channel. All documents referenced are available to downloaded from our public folder.

In Memoriam - this campaign is dedicated to my father, Dr. Gregory August Hyver Sr, who passed away on January 7, 2022.

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Establishment Politicians
Continue to Ruin Santa Cruz

Take Back Your Community Voice!


End corrupt, division politics from our two-party system -- it's time to Think Different! (video)

Dear friends and neighbors. Do you wonder what it feels like to reject your political party loyalties? Are you tired of the constant "we" versus "them" division and animosity across the nation, state and community? Are you through taking your cues from a news anchor? Are you open to begin recognizing and coming to terms with the gross contradictions in your party's agenda? Do you feel used by your party? Do you question why our politicians don't practice what they preach, operate under a different set of rules, and amass fortunes in public service positions? Do you want to see life through a different lens, your lens, and not the one jammed in your face by a corrupt political system?

Do you feel powerless and left out of the system the moment you walk out of the voting booth? Do you want your voice to have a genuine impact in the shaping of your local community rather than handing that authority over to the foot soldiers of a massive political machine--individuals whose missions are to prioritize their party's self-serving interests while simultaneously mopping up the wreckage done to small communities by their party's failed, top-down policy approaches? Do you sense big changes stirring in the world over which you have no control, as you have been relegated to a mere spectator whose fate is in the hands of the world's billionaires and despots? Do you want to have some of that control back? Do you hope to one day throw away your reliance on Groupthink and rediscover your inner voice and ability to think freely, independently and critically? Are you ready to be unshackled from your self-inflicted tribal slavery?

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Does the term "Power to the people" still have any meaning or relevancy to you anymore?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then read on ...

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Keep Santa Cruz Weird, Not Broken

There are two dynamics at play in Santa Cruz that are perpetuating the city's downward spiral ...

... that many Santa Cruzan's can no longer tell the difference between "weird" and "broken." This is the essential message of our tagline: "Keep Santa Cruz Weird, Not Broken."

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... that many Santa Cruzan's feel it would be a betrayal of their party to walk away from it when, in fact, it is their party that has already walked away from many of them. This blind allegiance to party, also known as tribalism, has stifled local government pluralism and the free market of ideas and solutions (see PARTS 3 & 5 of our video series, "The Nonpartisan Movement").


Single-party politics is destroying Santa Cruz. That's what political monopolies eventually do when left unchecked. The Democrat party owns the city council, the chief of police, the district attorney, the budget and the media. It uses its authority to deny dissenting voices a public podium, contrives narratives that fit the party's agenda without a peep from the local media "watchdog," provides little to no transparency how public funds are actually distributed and to whom, and deploys a complicit legal system that looks the other way when party actors operate outside the law. Only their ideas are permitted, thus granting them rightful ownership to every problem this city faces. This is what monopolies do when there is no one standing in their path. Political monopolies are damaging to any democracy. Even Santa Cruz can't escape this fact. Absolute power corrupts absolutely, even at the local level.

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what is the
nonpartisan movement?

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Download the Frequently used terms (PDF) in our campaign

Download quickstart guide (PDF) - A One-Page Summary of the Movement

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Massive Political Parties & Special Interests
Shouldn't Govern Over A Small Community

Its Residents Should!

The Nonpartisan Movement is an early-stage, technology-driven political movement based on a hybrid composition of two operating models working side-by-side: one-half political model & one-half business model. This unique movement is planting the seeds for a new paradigm shift in local government to give the people back their true voices in the shaping of their communities: the transitioning from a representative democracy form of governance to a direct democracy. More specifically, we believe that we are not only on the cusp of revolutionizing how American municipalities govern over themselves in the near-future by offering them an alternative, more inclusive, more equal, more efficient, and more democratic choice, but in also yielding a significant financial windfall to an entity we simply refer to as Node Zero--the first municipality to adopt a direct democracy platform and develops & deploys our unique software concept called the Direct Democracy Experiment Software Policy Engine, or DDESPE. This business opportunity shall only be granted to node zero by virtue of its first adopter status as both developer and end-user, filling the role of the proverbial "lab rat" in the Direct Democracy Experiment and rewarding it with ownership stake and control of the software's intellectual property--a well-deserved honor for building, testing, deploying, utilizing, validating and advancing the software system.


While the political model is about building portable and scalable software tools to establish an easy-to-use, direct democracy infrastructure and policy-making engine (video - part 6), The business model is about wealth and Job creation that directly benefit each participating district resident through the propagation of  a licensable ddespe software solution to other municipalities in the United states and worldwide.

Note: all ideas, concepts, visions, product architectures, product roadmaps, and business models in relation to the Direct Democracy Experiment Software Policy Engine (DDESPE) are currently the express property of the First Amendment Rights Preservation Society, Inc., a Santa Cruz, CA, nonprofit.

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What Fuels The Nonpartisan Movement?

Speaking Out For Those Who Can't

A Message from the Candidate

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"An oppressive regime that wallows in its insolence, self-deception and self-righteousness shall ultimately petrify in its own paralysis. Santa Cruz politics (and tribalism) has systematized and sanctioned the oppression and persecution of its political minorities. It is unable to compete on ideas, so must stifle its challengers. The people of Santa Cruz deserve so much better than this and must speak out against it."  Click icon to read full text.

** For details supporting these claims, please refer to the FARPS Santa Cruz Free Speech AudiT, which we shall release during our campaign. This was a stealth audit to determine whether the City of Santa Cruz adhered to its legal and moral obligations to protect the 1st Amendment (Freedom of Speech) and 14th Amendment (Equal Protections Clause) rights of its residents. The audit's disturbing findings became the flashpoint that led to the birth of the Nonpartisan Movement. There should be a full and independent investigation by the residents of this city in relation to the FARPS' claims so they no longer remain blinded to the actions of those into whom they put their trust and faith to govern over them. The FARPS organization welcomes any nonpartisan, investigative journalists to tell its story.


FARPS = First Amendment Rights Preservation Society, Inc.,

a Santa Cruz nonprofit defending Americans' 1st Amendment rights.

The powers we grant to those who represent us are being grossly misused and must be returned to the people so that each voice may be equally heard  and each individual may freely participate to effect change in the community. Loosely speaking, this is known as pluralism. Yet, there  are reasons that go beyond the trouncing of our constitutional rights why power must be restored to the people, and those reasons will be revealed throughout this campaign material.

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Our Vision Goes Well Beyond Santa Cruz

It's Time We Re-Balance the Power Equation!

Game-changing proposals like this cannot be delivered in digestible sound bites. The public deserves a proper accounting for how a political micro-movement like ours plans to redistribute power, legally and peacefully, from two massive and corrupt political parties back to we, the people. Put another way, we're proposing to do nothing less than to deconstruct (decentralize) the entire power structure and to hand back its broken pieces, brick-by-brick, and equitably, to its rightful owners--and that's you. Just think of our movement as the Populist version of "the Great Reset."


Impossible, you say?


The ramblings of a lunatic?


What's he smoking, you wonder?

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find out!

Learn more by navigating around this site or visit our YouTube channel

(your representatives surely will)


With your help, it can be done


Thank you for considering me on November 8th, 2022. 

Greg Hyver


the direct democracy candidate

santa cruz, CA




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