Story Behind Swae

Swae was originally developed by a team of researchers from the fields of political science, philosophy, engineering, behaviour economics, law, cryptography, and organizational change who came together out of a shared frustration and conviction that our model for decision-making in most organizations is unfit for our times. They began working together in 2016 to upgrade how cities made policy decisions, leveraging citizen input and meritocratic protocols in order to create more intelligent, inclusive, and higher quality decisions about public resources and urban policy. Over time, the system they have built is general enough to be applicable to fundamentally improving overly centralized, top-down and outdated hierarchical process for decision-making in other domains and organizational settings, particularly in private companies, digital organizations, representative boards, and cooperatives (to name a few).
Swae intends to upgrade decision-making first in companies, communities, and cities, and then implement within governmental frameworks to bring more trust, accountability and transparency and allow more inclusivity for citizens to be involved in solving the worlds most challenging problems.

Company History

The Journey so far…

Founders Story

Soushiant Zanganehpour

Soushiant founded Swae as a result of his experiences working in senior management roles inside small and large organizations. During his experiences, he witnessed several occasions where poorly designed, non-meritocratic and politically motivated decision-making processes lead to poor decision quality and poor organizational performance.
He felt strongly that these processes and their end outcomes were a disservice to the organizations potential and the available but untapped collective intelligence that resided within them.
While researching the problem and prototyping potential solutions, he began to see parallels between decision making inside companies and the state and quality of decision-making in democratic institutions, in the public sector.

He founded Swae because of his conviction that we are at an important evolutionary inflection point about how we organize ourselves in society. He is a strong believer that future organizations will be distributed in decision-making, more decentralized and even operate through self-management, supported by AI and other exponential technologies.
Soushiant Zanganehpour Founder & CEO

Soushiant is a social scientist, entrepreneur and Founder of, an AI-powered platform for smarter organizational decisions and 21st century governance. Swae helps companies, cities and organizations of all sizes benefit from the collective intelligence of their employees, stakeholders and citizens helping source innovative ideas, program and product feedback, and policy, budget, and strategy suggestions, at a fraction of the cost. Stakeholders and AI build compelling proposals together from the bottom-up that are crowd-vetted and the best move to a decision-round for implementation, creating a bi-directional pathway for governance. Soushiant is a recognized global practitioner in the fields of business innovation, impact investing, social entrepreneurship, and sustainability having spoken at numerous international conferences and published in The Guardian, The Financial Times, Bloomberg Business Week, and Entrepreneur magazines. He is on Harvard Business Review's Advisory Council, and a board advisor of Biocarbon Engineering, a reforestation startup using drones to replant a billion trees per year.
Soushiant earned his BA (PoliSci & IR) from the University of British Columbia, a Diplôme in International Affairs from Sciences-po Paris, an MPP (Public Policy & Economics) from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), and attended Singularity University’s Global Solutions Program as a Google Scholar. He was awarded a full scholarship by the UK's Foreign Office as one of four Canadian Chevening Scholars for his Masters. .