The Inauguration of ‘Our America’ Has Only Begun

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When LTG was first founded, the partners decided that our focus would be with those often ignored and marginalized in our country, people we knew had remarkable capacity to do great things if only given the opportunity. Whether a ten-session training or a leadership forum facilitation, the message that evolved within our design was always the same: Our America, made up of people of color, LGBT folks, the old and the young, working people of any race and creed, could do great things that could make that other America pay attention. In the 1990’s and into the bleak years of W., we were proud of that message and the hope it inspired in people. Even if most of those with power weren’t listening, attention was being paid to who and what mattered.

And then, through the miracle of a man’s personal capacity and strength of will, a people’s hunger and openness to embrace new possibilities, and the collapse of the authority of an old and discredited regime (both political and economic), a new day for America arrived on January 20, 2009. “Our America” showed up by the hundreds of thousands in Washington, D.C., and countless millions more in public parks, stadiums, churches and synagogues. Probably more people stayed home with strange flu-like symptoms that day than at any other time in American history. Gripped by a fever of imagination and their hearts burning with hope, they, too, somehow managed to make that day special for themselves, too, even risking the same infection with the people sitting next to them in their living rooms.

It’s exactly one month later, and today our hope wrestles with fear as the economy continues to collapse and the seeming best minds of our nation struggle to make sense of what looms far larger than anyone imagined. How do we overcome this fear, when jobs are lost, stores are closing down, and our pensions are dwindling? Concrete answers will emerge over time; bailouts and buy-outs are just scraping the surface on how to make things right. And we at LTG know, from all our years of work, that the direction to look for more and more answers is not only at the top but from those in the trenches; that the brilliance to unleash doesn’t sit in Washington, D.C. alone but stands right beside you…and within you, too.

LTG’s training and consulting motto has always been “trust the design, trust the people.” As we give our trust to that brave man in Washington, we plan to practice that motto even more in the weeks and months ahead. We invite you to do the same.

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This page contains a single entry by Steve Burghardt published on February 27, 2009 12:01 PM.

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