America is at a crossroads. While many are attempting to define the options we might take, the mainstream choices offered are not what most of us want for the future of the United States. Some of us long for a society where everyone knows they belong. Where kindness and generosity are the norm; cruelty and greed are seen as abnormal. Our hearts yearn for a society where every person has the opportunity to be their best version of themselves.
Do you see a possibility of co-creating a multicultural and pluralistic society where our individuality and personal freedom is balanced with our responsibility for the community in which we live?
The American Future Project is one way you can imagine a better future for yourself. And together, we'll write the next chapter for the United States of America.
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American Futures Project is fiscally sponsored by Mediators Foundation - 2525 Arapahoe Ave., Suite E-4 #509, Boulder, CO 80302
Project Director: Debilyn Molineaux
Debilyn is a political mystic, change maker, coalition builder, writer, speaker and coach. In 2003, she was meditating after yoga and saw a beautiful vision of our future political system and culture, writ large. The blurry visuals of happy people and functioning politics as democracy was bathed in a warm, golden light. It reminded her of “the golden hour” that filmmakers refer to. And the feelings that she experienced were of contentment, generosity, pride and service to others. She wishes she could capture the feeling in a bottle and share it with you today. But that moment is why we are here today. In that moment, she chose to work towards that vision and enact a vision of healthy self-governance, the likes of which we have yet to experience.
She is drawn to transformative stories and experiences like bears to honey. Whenever she starts to lose faith in our nation, she turns to cinema therapy. She has a movie collection of miraculous stories with defined before and after themes. The before in the story is filled with despair and the after with wonder, gratitude and connection. These stories lift her up to restore her soul, deepening my neural pathways with the belief in transformation.
Debilyn is a transformation partner working on multiple levels from individual, interpersonal and systemic levels. Her current project, AmericanFuture.us works with everyday Americans across the US to catalyze their imagination for the future they want. Her previous work includes co-founding Living Room Conversations, National Week of Conversation and Bridge Alliance.