Town Hall Tour across America reimagines politics, catalyze progress
There’s a crisis brewing in American politics, and it won’t be solved by voting for the right 2020 candidate.
To repair the social fabric of the country’s broken democracy, Americans will need to learn to trust and understand one another. The Purpose Power Town Hall Tour brings communities together so that they may discover their shared vision for the future and co-design a plan for progress.
The tour — composed of interactive, empathetic community workshops — kicks off March 16 in New York City, and continues in Washington, DC on April 11. Tickets can be purchased at purposepower.live and will soon also be available for Hartford, Connecticut, and Nashville, Tennessee.
The Purpose Power Town Hall Tour comes at a critical point in American politics: First, 2019 is the only year until 2023 where Americans won’t be distracted by elections; it’s a time for communities to envision what they want and have time to make it a reality.
Second, the negative effects of social media on American politics — and people’s relationships with one another — are becoming more apparent. Technology can force people into a values vacuum and encourage them to interact with those they already know share their same ideas. In-person conversations are necessary if Americans hope to reintegrate humanity in the pursuit of progress, said Alicia Bonner Ness, a community organizer and the author of “Purpose Power: How Mission-Driven Leaders Engage for Change.”
“The result of spending more time on social media and less time interacting with each other is that we can no longer access, hear or civilly engage with important viewpoints that differ from our own,” Ness said.
On the 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign, where Ness worked as a field organizer in Florida, she saw how Americans’ failure to communicate is at the heart of the country’s political dysfunction. In a time of political polarization and strife, Americans can reimagine the political landscape only if they work together, Ness said.
“Changing America’s future from one of despair to one of hope will require more than incremental changes in strategy or investment,” she said. “To make tomorrow look different from today, we must stop doing what we’ve always done to stop getting what we’ve always gotten.”
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