Let's Listen
To Each Other

“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. 
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Our Inspiration

Our model is The North America Talking Circle.The small tribe or band come together to consider an issue. Only the person holding the talking stick may speak.It’s an exercise in listening.
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Chief Dr.Bobby Joseph is the hereditary chief of the Gwawaenuk First Nation is Western Canada. He is the Ambassador for Reconciliation Canada.
Chief Don Stevens is the chief of the Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk - Abenaki Nation.
Dr. Michael DeGagne is an Ojibway from the Animakee Wa Zhing 37 First Nation. He is president and CEO of Indspire, and former president of Nipissing University.
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America's Digital Talking Circle


Linley is digitizing the Talking Circle. Social media is America’s Talking Circle and the cell phone the talking stick. We are asking Americans throughout the land to send us a video on their phones telling us what they want for their country. We will collect submission from all 50 states, while encouraging the participation and support from the top leaders in those states.

What People All Over America Are Saying
And now it's your turn. Tell us in no more than 1 minute:
what you like most about America and what you want for America?

State-by-State Talking Circles

Our states can be very different. We tend to be pragmatic about them. We want them to function well. We want to feel proud of them. In this part of our initiative, we are asking leaders and citizens of every state to tell us what they admire about their state. What message would they want to send the nation?

And how would America be better off if it were more like their state?


We have chosen Vermont as our model state. (Why?)

Vermont Vision
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Peoples' Assembly 

The initiative’s endgame is inspired by France’s President Emmanuel Macron’s Citizens Convention on Climate. Our goal is to create an American People’s Assembly selected from the thousands of “The America I Want Is…” participants. The Assembly will offer recommendations on how to achieve the aspirations Americans have for their country. We will then take the recommendations to the leaders of all 50 states to determine how to put them into action. Our program will have come full circle. 
  We are waiting to hear from you! 

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