The New American Agenda for the Urban Community
A comprehensive platform to SOLVE the persistent cycle of poverty and violence in urban communities and create a foundation for long-lasting prosperity. Our intention is to move past “working on it” with an approach that harnesses the pillars of prosperity to catapult these communities from the bottom of US performance to a globally competitive position in one generation.
The Pillars of Prosperity
National strategies would be helpful and would accelerate the progress but every community with the vision and courage has the power to shape its own destiny.
Our underserved communities can be transformed to go from the bottom of US performance to a globally competitive standard in one generation.
Why start there? Because there is no lack of talent, effort, or genuine good will. Communities who are prepared to vector their education system, financial markets, and citizen engagement to a 21st century platform can leapfrog the outmoded 20th century systems that have so failed them.
What will they need? A platform that harnesses all their existing resources, the management to vector their efforts, and a national network of additional resources to fill in the gaps and move quickly toward the goal. The US has the most sophisticated management capabilities in the world – they just have not been deployed to solving this problem.
Imagine, if communities in New York, Detroit, Chicago, Flint, New Orleans, Phoenix, and Oakland had systems that produce globally competitive human capital with a robust financing structure to support innovation in community-owned businesses, and structures that would educate citizens and hold their governments accountable to SERVE the people and produce real outcomes.
There is no question that the US is at a crossroads. We have a critical choice now. Our ancestors put themselves at great peril to secure the American Dream for us. The challenge for our generation, and the way we will be judged by history, will be determined by what We the People do now to secure the New American Dream for us and our posterity.
Our approach is distinctly different than past attempts to tackle these challenges. We have a clearly articulated goal and a timeframe to achieve it with an approach that matches the enormity of the task. We do not rely on government to solve the problem, but rather empower the community to make the maximum use of their own resources and engage with government where needed. And lastly, we will bring the most advanced management science to bear to create an approach that is unique to each location yet scalable to a national level. We play to win, and win we will.
The result will be a blueprint for transformation of any community. AMS will deploy the most advanced management science to produce a repeatable platform that can enable communities to develop a tailored solution for their own needs and enable them to tap into the best practices from around the country.
New American Community Center, Web Presence and Mobil App
Establish a virtual command center in each community to create a community “center of gravity” for education, entrepreneurship and financing, and citizen engagement. To put the Agenda in the hands of each citizen, we have envisioned a supporting web presence and mobile app to support give our NACC the capability to reach every individual in the community.
Staff and operations support will be required for the following initiatives:
The New American Transformation Blueprint
This initiative will leverage the extensive methods and work to date developed by ProOrbis to develop the tools, methods and techniques to develop a blueprint that any community can use to achieve their goals.
The New American Agenda Strategic Objective Setting
The first communities to take up the Agenda will become the founders of the platform for establishing the objectives in each pillar (human capital, economic and civic engagement) that the vast majority of Americans would agree. These objectives will be clearly articulated, with measures to be used to set current baselines and track progress.
Thought Leadership Engagement
Objectives can be informed by engaging the community with national thought leadership.
The New American Citizen – preparing US citizens to engage
Law enforcement and community safety
Criminal justice reform
Voting and how our government works
Becoming informed in the age of information warfare
Making a living in the 21st century – the gig economy and the role of Unions
Human Capital as a National Asset –national policy for the 21st century economy
The New Urban Agenda - from anti-poverty to multi-generational wealth
New American Prosperity Assessment
We start with the current status of the community, creating a comprehensive assessment of the current condition of the Pillars of Prosperity and all the resources available to the community – including federal and state initiatives like opportunity zones.
Using the Prosperity Assessment data, we will develop a blueprint for each community that will include:
Citizen Engagement Pillar: I am a Citizen Campaign
We will address the challenge of social justice head on with a program that will combine community policing, criminal justice reform, voter education and registration to help all members of the community act as responsible and engaged citizens. Barriers to advancing education or economic platforms will be strategized with a clear formulation for plans to break barriers or access government resources.
Human Capital Pillar: Community-based Human Capital Strategy
We will actively explore the skills and knowledge the productive citizen of the future will require and formulate a roadmap for maximizing the potential for each citizen including education, healthcare, job training,
Economic Pillar: New American Economic Development Platform
We then provide opportunities to participate in the significant surge in value of a community undergoing a NAA transformation.
Equity and Debt Marketplace – use a blockchain-based platform for matching businesses with financing – including consulting support to assure businesses are ready for financing. This could attract both domestic and foreign investment.
Indexed Fund for Crowdfunding – develop an index of the financed businesses in the community to give the community the ability to participate in the economic growth
Cryptocurrency – provide a currency for the community to use to keep money circulating in the community
The New American Agenda/Game Changers Reception 2018 Introduction Video