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Listening to what America Wants
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What Does America Want?
For the past century America has been brilliant at tackling big challenges both at home and abroad. Today we face two challenges like none before—a heating planet and a divided country. These challenges are intertwined. We must meet one if we hope to meet the other. “The America I Want Is…” program  focuses on addressing America’s domestic differences, while directing attention to the environmental crisis. It’s a mission well within our grasp and in keeping with the spirit of our country.

“The America I want Is…” social media program is about individual expression, collective listening, and citizen participation. It’s a forum to reflect on what we want for our country.


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Our Inspiration

Our inspiration is the native North American tradition of the Talking Circle. The tribe or band gathers to consider an important issue. A talking stick is passed from member to member. Only the person holding the stick may speak. Everyone else listens. There is no argument or crosstalk. The Talking Circle allows each tribal member to tap into the collective feelings and understanding of the whole group. “The America I Want Is…” program is respectfully borrowing this rich tradition to bring Americans together.

Indigenous Leaders Discuss Talking Circles 
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America is a raucous, pluralistic country made up of people from all around our planet. Social media has allowed us to scale up the Talking Circle to include the country as a whole, providing every American the opportunity to hold the talking stick. Our program embraces the great diversity of points of view, of backgrounds, and of ways of being an American, which underpin this diverse and multifaceted nation. 

See what thousands of Americans want for their country