We stand for diverse and thriving organizations who activate greater clarity, power, connection and prosperity for their people.
We stand for every person in the United States to be seen, known and celebrated as someone with a big heart and big dreams, to heal and move beyond the divides of race, class, gender, sexuality, ability and age.
When we know ourselves as our purpose, we see and welcome that same beauty in each other, healing the wounding that historically has kept us small, isolated and fearful.
We recognize that it takes a village to discover and activate our purpose in our communities and careers. Going it alone is impossible, as we are social animals, whose purpose lives in our relationships, our communication, our families and communities.
We create a flourishing United States of America, a country where everyone knows their purpose, feels connected to, and supported by, their community and thrives.
We believe every person in the United States has a right to live with dignity, the right to feel safe, connected and supported, the right to clean air, water, soil and food, the right to be educated, healed and housed, and the right to discover and activate their purpose in their lives, careers and communities.
The time to act is now. We will not sit on our thumbs while our country's dignity, institutions and rights crumble and countless lives are being senselessly diminished. As such, all our work is licensed as Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 4.0 CC BY-SA. It lives in the public domain to encourage everyone to activate flourishing at scale. We do not believe in keeping secrets, especially now - when human lives and a habitable planet are at stake.
Beyond doing what we say and saying what we mean, we look for ways we are not in integrity with our purpose and values. We continue to evolve, deepen into our purpose, distinguish the shadows and limiting beliefs that keep us from living our purpose and flourishing.
We declare ourselves responsible for the well-being and dignity of all people in the United States. We are stewards of our nation, ecology and all aspects of our proud and regrettable history. We nurture a regenerative relationship to our environment and restorative relationship to our injustices, to the oppression and exploitation that have yet to be healed.
WHY WE CARE
Poverty. Sexism. Racism. Climate Change. Violence. Terrible Leadership. Wasted human potential.
Let's face it, the USA isn't flourishing. Sure, we've passed some important laws, made some amazing music and invented some cool gizmos. Sure, life in our cities for some white people is better than it has ever been.
Yet, by and large, we are suffering.
We are sick, poor, lonely, sad and stressed. This breaks our hearts. This tears us apart as individuals, as communities and as a nation.
There are very real consequences to this lack of flourishing. Many of us have decided to check out, as evidenced by our epidemics of obesity (40% of Americans, CDC 2016), opioids (67% of Americans are prescribed opioids each year, CDC 2016), alcoholism (40% of drinkers binge drink, DHHS, 2016), civic disengagement (40% of eligible voters don’t vote, NPR, 2018) and suicide (+24% between 1999-2014,CDC, 2107).
Some of us are so desperate, we're shooting up our schools and churches or flashing white power signs.
As with most problems in the United States, this lack of flourishing disproportionately impacts historically marginalized groups - those of us who are not straight white males (~70% of us). For example, for every dollar a white man earns, Black and Hispanic women respectively earn $0.65 and $0.62 (Institute for Women's Policy Research, 2018).
Things are not all bad of course. We are still 13th most developed country, per the Human Development Index, and 15th happiest country, per the Happy Country Index. Yet, no one has seen a foam finger with "#15" at a football game. Serena Williams and Joe Montana didn't set out to be #15. Neither did you.
We are failing to live our purpose. We are not recognizing the unity in our diversity. We are not securing the rights to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" for all our fellow citizens. To live our purpose, we need secure, purpose-driven careers that pay a living wage (>$20/hr), that allow us to move our bodies, and that afford us the time and capability to authentically connect with each other.
This will take more than voting and prayers. This is an all hands on deck moment for everyone in The United States of America.
We are better than this. We beat the Nazis. We are the people of bluegrass, the Civil Rights Act, jazz, baseball and NASA. We have created hundreds of life saving innovations. We refuse to accept that with all our intelligence, wealth and creativity, that we cannot have a country where everyone flourishes, especially when other countries have already cracked the code.
We believe that after voting, the most patriotic thing we can do is to empower ourselves, our organizations and our communities to flourish.
By 12/31/2025, everyone in the United States activates their purpose, brings their whole self to work, enjoys authentic, supportive and diverse relationships and makes their highest contribution.
Considering how quickly we mobilized and transformed our whole economy, when we got clear that Hitler needed to be defeated, this isn't an impossible task. We've done it before and we will do it again. Once we are clear that we want to flourish, we will mobilize, activate purpose and bring dignity back to the American experiment.