FixUS convened the perspectives of 30 experts on the root causes of the rising division, governmental dysfunction, and public distrust. The goal is to use the questions raised to further the national dialogue on how to address the problems and move the country forward.
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FixUS engaged Americans on some simple yet fundamental questions about ourselves as a nation: What do we value? What are our common goals and aspirations for ourselves, our communities, and our country? Check out our report summarizing findings from a first round of focus group discussions on these topics.
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FixUS brought together a group of public servants for their unique perspectives – including former members of Congress, cabinet secretaries, governors, and ambassadors – to shed some light on the severe polarization and bitterly divisive politics facing our country. The perspectives in this report represent nearly 1,000 years of public service, spanning every presidential administration from John F. Kennedy to Donald J. Trump, and evenly split between Republicans and Democrats.
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In December 2020, FixUS and More in Common co-hosted a conference for leaders from public policy and issue advocacy organizations. The conference had more than 30 participants whose areas of expertise included budget, tax, health care, climate, education, and others. The purpose of the conference was to discuss how the policy community can work together to address the division, distrust, and dysfunction plaguing American politics. Our hope was that by bringing leaders of diverse policy areas together, we could enrich our common understanding of the current state of affairs and begin to identify the collaborations needed to forge a path forward.
Check out the event summary here.
In September 2020, FixUS commissioned a poll examining Americans’ underlying values and goals for themselves and their country. The purpose of the poll was to serve as a jumping off point for a citizen-led engagement effort intended to facilitate a better understanding of where there are commonalities we can build upon. We asked respondents to look beyond the current crises we face with the hope of beginning to build a foundation for restoring a shared sense of purpose in these divided times.
Polarization and gridlock in Washington have prompted more corporations to step forward to help address a range of societal problems. In addition, some CEOs have acknowledged that a corporation’s purpose should go beyond shareholder value and include concern for a variety of stakeholders. In this essay, experts in corporate governance and politics discuss how businesses can build stakeholder engagement into their governance and reporting. This essay is part of an ongoing effort by FixUS to bring attention to a variety of ideas on how best to address our polarized governing environment. Note: The views expressed in this essay are those of the authors and do not reflect the official position of FixUS.
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The FixUS Nationwide Roadshow & Listening Tour engaged numerous local audiences around the country - in civic and business groups, community forums, young professional and student groups and others - to better understand what citizens think, value and believe is causing heightened levels of political division. Speakers discussed the root causes of our national problems and educated on the need to come together around possible solutions.
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As part of our national dialogue, FixUS hosts focus groups on a range of issues relating to common goals and values, division, and possible solutions to our current situation. Our inaugural focus groups were held in September 2020 and were centered around the reforms proposed by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship in their report, Our Common Purpose.
Click here to read a summary of these focus groups’ findings.
For those looking to learn more about FixUS, the problems we seek to address, and the other organizations working on these issues, please see the resources we’ve compiled below.
Click here to view the FixUS Library, a wide ranging collection of readings that shed light on the current state of the country.
Click here to view the FixUS Landscape Review, a thorough inventory of the various groups operating in the democracy reform space.