A CALL TO ACTION
David Adams - President, Linley Foundation
“The America I want Is…” initiative is about individual expression, collective listening and citizen involvement. It’s an idea as important now as at any time in our country’s history. We at Linley Foundation want to inspire and support a national conversation about our country - from our climate challenges to a more equitable America that lives up to its promise for all.
Our inspiration comes from two sources. First the Native North American Talking Circle - our continent’s original example of participatory democracy. The second is the New England Town Meeting. Both traditions support dialogue and inspire community. They are exercises in listening, allowing us all to participate.
First Nations´ Leaders Discuss Talking Circles And The Indigenous Worldview
About The New England Town Meetings
Introducing America's Digital Circle
"The America I Want Is..."
In our Circles, we are asking people all over the country to tell us what they admire about America, what binds us together as Americans, and, finally, what is the America we all want. It is rare for citizens anywhere to be asked collectively what they want for their country. This dialogue provides an opportunity for all of us to express ourselves and be heard.
Our program is primarily an exercise in listening. It´s about encouraging all of us to break out of our bubbles, feeling and embracing the great diversity of vision, experience, and ways of being an American.
What we want for our country must be discussed in living rooms, class rooms, and legislatures. Our goal is to bring about a more equal and just society—a society where we treat each other decently, stretch out the hand of opportunity to everyone, and remind ourselves that in a diverse democracy we must often agree to disagree.