Nationwide Nonpartisan Coalition Gives Democracy a Makeover with Interactive American Dream Survey

Industry: Politics & Political Organizations

Innovative survey to give Washington a new look at Americans’ shared values and dreams—from the people and by the people

New York, NY (PRUnderground) June 1st, 2017

In an era of political divide and confusion, a nonpartisan coalition has launched the “What’s Your American Dream?” survey for Americans to express their values and goals to lawmakers.

The coalition is comprised of 29 universities, media outlets, and organizations spanning the political spectrum; it reaches 30 million Americans.

The survey grew out of discussions with former Members of Congress and everyday Americans, all frustrated with being out of touch with each other.

The coalition expects this effort will help guide the nation’s leaders to understand Americans’ goals and then devise the tactics to achieve those goals.

The seven-week survey is being hosted on TheChisel.com, a unique nonpartisan public discussion platform offering citizens a way to engage with experts from both sides of the aisle.

“As a nation, we are frustrated and face uncertainties,” said Deborah Devedjian, TheChisel’s founder. “We encourage Americans to step beyond political slogans and platforms to share what matters to you, your loved ones, and communities.”

The survey focuses on 7 areas critical to the nation’s future: Economy; Social Justice; Liberty and Regulation; Health, Education, and Care; Services; Foreign Affairs; and Governance.

“[The survey] will help you better understand your own priorities,” said Erik Fogg, founder of ReConsider Media.

Each week features one theme. Members of the public are welcomed to take the survey in one or more sittings. Unlike traditional surveys, the American Dream survey also allows participants to share their stories with fellow Americans. It also features whimsical graphics and game-like navigation, is easy to use and understand, and appeals to a wide audience.

TheChisel and coalition will share the findings with the media and hand-deliver the report to the President, Cabinet, Members of Congress, Supreme Court, and state governors.

“We’re giving democracy a makeover. We’re giving survey-taking a makeover, too” said Grace Kim, junior graphic designer at TheChisel.

TheChisel.com/AmericanDream survey is open to the public for free until July 4, 2017.

University partners include Pepperdine School of Public Policy, University of Georgia College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Mary Government and Political Philosophy Department, University of Missouri School of Journalism, University of the Pacific Political Science Department, and The Williams Forum of Williams College.

Other partners include: ALL-IN Campus Democracy Challenge, AllSides, Associated Collegiate Press, Diplomat Books, Future 500, Heartfelt Leadership Institute, Hope Street Group, Independent Voter Network, Inyo County Clerk-Recorder, JGArchitects, Living Room Conversations, National Coalition of Dialogue & Deliberation, National Speech and Debate Association, ReConsider Media, The TAI Group, Take Back Our Republic, TheChisel, The Democracy Commitment, The Policy Circle, Wellville, The Women’s Debate, and Ziggeo.

The coalition is accepting new members.

About TheChisel

TheChisel is a nonpartisan website offering citizens a unique platform to engage in a dialogue
with experts from both sides of the aisle. It enables citizen voices to be heard over the noise of
special interest groups and media spin. On TheChisel’s proprietary discussion platform, every
American can engage and help revise public policy proposals related to issues important to
America’s future. These proposals are developed by nonpartisan organizations and bipartisan
coalitions. With TheChisel’s help, Americans’ views will educate civic leaders and guide their
policy-making.

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