The conference will be four months before the election in November. The conference is intended to contribute to a conversation about what we as a people and as a nation can become.
C-Span has put the conference in its long-term planning schedule. As it gets closer to the date of the conference they will make decisions on which sessions to live stream across the country. A dedicated channel on YouTube for Visioning a Better America will be live for the entire conference. In addition, the conference staff will video record all presentations, Q & A, and panels which will be available on the conference website, www.visioningabetteramerica.com.
Subsequently, a publisher will be sought for a book of the presentations, which might be supplemented by commentators relevant to a presentation who did not themselves make a presentation.
The book will be oriented to a general audience, and could be used as a text for college courses designed around the ideal future of our country. Such a course could be co-taught by a team of historians, political scientists, economists, policy experts, sociologists, psychologists, professors of law, journalism and media, and current or retired elected officials. Conference presenters and Organizing Committee members include those from Earlham College, the College of Charleston, and the universities of George Washington, Wisconsin, Princeton, Duke, Harvard, and Howard. These schools might be beta-test sites for innovating the college course.
Visioning a Better Region or Locality conferences in the future
Regions, cities, and localities across the country can learn from the experience of the initial citizens conference in Congress. We will be available to help those conferences organize and launch.
Visioning a Better America conferences in the future
Biannually in April, there should be a conference in Congress where citizens describe their ideal future for our country. Congresspeople, and the nation, can look forward to the cherry blossoms and to the coming of Spring…and to the citizens presenting their vision for our country.