HAVE YOU EVER DREAMED YOU COULD CHANGE AMERICA?
Here’s your chance
Linley Foundation is launching an exciting social media program, so that we can express our deepest hopes and dreams for our country.
We want you to participate because your voice and experiences will be central to the conversation.
All you need to do is send us a 30-second video, or audio, on your phone telling us the America you want.
We will post a selection of your videos on this site and on our YouTube channel. We will also invite some of you to do follow-up interviews, because your experiences are part of the fabric of America.
So tell us: What is the America you want.
Let’s start a conversation about our country.
How to send your video
it's easy. Record your video on your cell phone or computer. Start with your name, town and state, followed by the sentence “The America I want is…” and tell us in 30 seconds or less what you want for our country.
Then, your video will be saved on your image file. Come to our website, click on the button "Click and Send" bellow and a form will open. Fill in your information drop your video in the space assigned and accept the Terms of Service.
If you are a person who doesn't like to have your image exposed, don't worry, we've thought about you. You can send us a voice recording. The procedure will be the same as the video.
Thank you for being part of our community of people, who wants to have a conversation about America.
How to send your video
About our initiative
The America I Want initiative was inspired by a program launched by the Brazilian television station Globo ahead of Brazil’s 2018 presidential election. The objective was to educate the presidential candidates about what its citizens wanted for their country.
Linley has taken the concept of crowdsourcing citizens for input on their country to another level. Our goal is to create a national dialogue, and then take the most important topics and begin a discussion on how to reimagine an America that could work for everybody.
We have as inspiration for our initiative the native American tradition of the Talking Circle, which allowed individual members to tap into the awareness of the entire tribe.
In the Talking Circle people sit in a circle to consider a question. A talking stick is held by the person who speaks. The circle is complete when everybody has spoken. There is no interruption nor contention. Just neutral listening and quiet reflection. The essential attributes of dialogue. The very thing we could do with right now.
"The America I Want is" initiative will become the talking circle and the cell phone the talking stick. We will reach out to Americans of all ages, backgrounds and professions to share their ideas and aspirations for a better America by recording and sending us 30-second videos on their phones.
While the submissions will be enlightening in themselves, we will take the best ideas as the starting point for deeper discussions and interviews. Ultimately, the emphasis will be on practical actions that each one of us can take to create a more cohesive, aspirational and directed country.