Dream of a Nation– Realizing Our Full Potential, Together
This is the week of the birth of America, one of the wildest and most amazing experiments in modern history. We thought this would be the perfect week to start a conversation, a conversation about where we are as a nation and where we could be, if we come together.
It has been said that what we focus on tends to expand and if this is indeed true, then we need to devote a lot more time to exploring solutions. Solutions that are inclusive, out-of-the box and grounded in a shared devotion to each other and future generations. In a partnership with Living Green Magazine over the coming months, we will be sharing solutions and stories from Dream of a Nation – a citizen’s handbook, web platform, and educators’ resource that dives into a wide spectrum of issues.
We worked for nearly 3 years with over 60 pioneering organizations and thought leaders with positive visions and blueprints for the future from Alice Walker and Hopi Elder Mona Polacca to Geoffrey Canada and Veterans for Peace to Union of Concerned Scientists and the Citizen Effect, and many many more.
Many of the problems and related solutions that we face are interconnected. As we re-prioritize the nearly $700 billion that we spend on the military, for example, it frees up resources for education, healthcare, job creation and building the green economy. As we support local living economies, it prevents the off-shoring of opportunity and serves to reduce the growing economic divide. As the news media focuses more on constructive journalism and solutions, the spirit of collaboration is bolstered. As citizens are further empowered, communities across the land and democracy are strengthened.
Paul Hawken has said, “Inspiration is not garnered from the litanies of what may befall us; it resides in humanity’s willingness to restore, redress, reform, rebuild, recover, reimagine and reconsider.” In a sense, this is what Dream of a Nation explores, and what we will dive into here in Living Green Magazine. The dreams of ordinary citizens and visionaries are what have made and still make this great country of ours. Ultimately, in this shared and ever-evolving society, our greatest strength lies in our ability to work together toward a collective purpose that is grounded in our common humanity.
Thankfully, it is ordinary people doing extraordinary things who are keeping the flame alive and charting a different path for our future. They are students and CEOs, political leaders and artists, entrepreneurs and teachers, volunteers and big-thinkers who are rooted in creativity, positivity and hope.
We are excited to be sharing inspiring and empowering stories in the coming months and wish you a Happy Independence Day!