Press release

Independence, CA – 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 Inyo County Clerk’s office, a member of 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 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 comprised of 25 universities, media outlets, and organizations spanning the political spectrum, reaches 30 million Americans.

“We believe we can do better as a nation when working together for the American people. By partnering with this nonpartisan coalition, it ensures that the Eastern Sierra has an opportunity to voice their opinions to lawmakers.” said Kammi Foote, Inyo County Registrar of Voters.

The seven-week survey is being hosted on TheChisel, a unique nonpartisan public discussion platform. “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 finding Americans’ shared dream in seven important areas: Economy; Social Justice; Liberty and Regulation; Health, Education, and Care; Services; Foreign Affairs; and Governance.

Every week features one theme. Unlike traditional surveys, the American Dream survey 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 18 to 99 year olds.

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. survey launches on May 16 and is open to the public for free until July 4, 2017.

University partners include University of Missouri School of Journalism, Pepperdine School of Public Policy, University of Mary Government and Political Philosophy Department, University of the Pacific Political Science Department. 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, and The Women’s Debate.

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