Framework for transforming America

America and democracy are complex and made up of countless components — all interconnected. If we are to imagine our future America, we must look at its myriad parts and how they are interwoven to make the fabric of America. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. This website offers information and commentary organized within the following framework:

World­view: the way we see the world and our place in it; our phi­los­o­phy of life

Faith and val­ues: heart and soul — fear/hate/violence, spir­i­tual truth: val­ues/ethics/ morals/reli­gion/faith/spir­i­tu­al­ity, plu­ral­ism, religious extremism, theology, emo­tions, meaning, purpose, Christianity, compassion, empathy and the common good

Rea­son: head –  truth or liescritical think­ing or ignorance, wis­dom, intel­li­gence, phi­los­o­phy, cre­ativ­ity/higher-level thinking; apathy, denial, ignorance, anti-intellectualism  

Planet Earth — We are one human family living together on planet earth.

Our World: envi­ron­ment, sus­tain­abil­ity, global con­scious­ness, glob­al­iza­tion, peace/war

Human fam­ily: civ­i­liza­tion, human nature, human evolution, com­mu­nity, human rights, social contract

The United States of America

Cul­ture: Culture wars: (sex, race, geographic), soci­ety, pub­lic square, race, traditions, arts, humanities, enter­tain­ment, recre­ation, demo­graph­ics, networks

Eco­nomic jus­tice: class wars, cap­i­tal­ism, business/corporations, money, work/job/labor, marketplace, finance, banking, economic inequality, poverty, Prosperity Gospel/Biblical economics

Edu­ca­tion: edu­ca­tion, sci­ence and technology

Com­mu­ni­ca­tions: speech, media, dia­logue, words, lan­guage, fram­ing, semantics/ linguistics, branding, adver­tis­ing, mar­ket­ing, pub­lic relations

Change: his­tory, tra­di­tion, trends — timeline

Democ­racy: America’s sys­tem of gov­ern­ment of the peo­ple, by the peo­ple and for the people

Citizen education and participation

Elections and voting

Pol­i­tics: political process, Democ­rats/liberals/progressives, other political philosophies and parties

Money in politics: campaign contributions, influencing public opinion including lobbying, Citizens United

Repub­li­cans, conservatives, right wing, Tea Party

Nar­ra­tive: story, descrip­tion, oral and/or writ­ten history

Move­ment: orga­niz­ing, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and action over time that leads to sig­nif­i­cant change

Moral pol­i­tics: nexus of religion/spirituality/values/morals and politics/government

Trans­for­ma­tion: long term sys­temic change, enlightenment

updated 8/19/16

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