Vision Statement Project
Proposal for a Vision Statement Project -- 12/28/05 Draft
To facilitate the writing and evaluation of one or more vision statements for the progressive movement that:
- Could be the basis of unity for a new, national activist organization or coalition that could help mobilize support from a majority of Americans.
- Are substantial and clear enough to minimize divisive debates once adopted.
- Affirm long-term goals that could hold people together over time.
- Comprehensively address all of our major institutions (thereby enabling timely action on any one of many pressing issues as needed).
- Propose nonviolent fundamental, systemic, structural reform.
- Integrate the personal and the political by affirming individual, social, cultural, and economic transformation as well as political reform.
- Use universal language that would welcome both secular and spiritual people.
- Affirm a mixed economy, including fundamental restructuring to better meet human needs, rather than socialism or anarchism.
- Affirm a positive, proactive agenda of incremental reforms.
The Vision Statement Project will:
- Solicit endorsements from progressive leaders and organizations.
- Launch the project with an article and related materials.
- Invite participants to submit draft vision statements.
- Post those drafts on the Web.
- Invite participants to offer feedback on those drafts by a certain deadline.
- Following that deadline, post all submissions and highlight those considered to be the best.
- Invite a diverse, representative panel of progressive leaders to evaluate the submissions, share their evaluations with one another, and then post their final evaluations.
- Invite all participants to review the panel's evaluations and then submit their own evaluations.
- Tabulate and post the results of those evaluations.
- If sufficient interest develops, convene a national conference to evaluate the submissions through extensive discussions.
Drafts of possible outreach material already written include: