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Listening to what America Wants
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The Future Is In Our Hands
There is evidence that, despite all the noise, we Americans are remarkably united regardless of our political leanings or where we reside. Our unity lies in the personal aspirations of each and every one of us. We want the freedom to be ourselves and express ourselves. We want to grow to our full potential without unfair, socially contrived, obstacles blocking our paths. We want our society to give us the necessary tools to get ahead in life, including good schools, equal opportunity, an even playing field, and healthcare security. In sum, we want to live rich lives through our work, families, and friends while exploring our dreams. These are the aspirations that bind us together as a nation. America is simply an extension of ourselves. We are the society we admire and that we criticize.

The America I Want program is about individual expression, collective listening, and citizen participation. It’s a forum to reflect on what we all want for our country.


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Our focus is on education.We are supporting a national dialogue to help strengthen our democracy. It's a national experiment in civics. We will make much of our material available to high schools and colleges.


America is a teaming, raucous, pluralistic country made up of people from around our planet. We are asking Americans to reflect on America, and to explore how their country might better serve the hopes of all its people. Our inspiration is the native North American Talking Circle and the New England town meeting tradition of participatory democracy. Our program embraces the great diversity of points of view, of backgrounds, and of ways of being an American, which underpin our diverse and multifaceted nation. 

See what thousands of Americans want for the country
We are also asking leaders and thought influencers to tell us what they admire about their states, what their states can contribute to America, and how America might be better off it it were more like their states.
Ongoing Results

The video submissions keep coming in. We sort and tag them by various criteria, notably subject matter. Current results in this category are shown in the pie chart to the right. As new submissions are received, they will automatically be reflected in our chart. The power of the individual submission is in the immediacy of its expression. The power of the collective submissions is what it shows us America might become. 

Here are some of the questions
we need to answer together
Many feel the American Dream has left our shores. How do we bring opportunity back home?
Diversity defines America. How do we get all Americans to embrace diversity?
Our Constitution never aspired to universal equality. How can it fulfill its promise to all?

The heart of our program is the video submissions of individual Americans expressing their aspirations for their country. There are, however, three additional elements, deriving from these submissions: our group discussions at schools and colleges, our digital interviews

and our live-streaming discussions. These elements are fundamental to turning what Americans want into actions.

 We are taking the important topics you have raised and inviting experts to discuss them, drawing on their knowledge and experience. Our objective is to explore and examine America's best ideas with a mind to implementing them.