jbehar

Common Purpose (Thank you Mr. President)

In Uncategorized on January 20, 2009 at 11:28 am

Just watched our 44th president being sworn in, feeling a great sense of hope and personal responsibility.  A number of items stand out from President Obama’s inauguration speech, but  one quick item which I wanted to post about was:

what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage.”

Common purpose.  What is this generation’s common purpose?  Is it unique from previous generations?  Is there indeed atleast one common purpose which a majority of citizen’s connect with?  How might we keep this connection to a common purpose vibrant?

I’d like to see a national dialog around our common purpose, both democrats and republican, as active citizens. There have been a number of impressive efforts to harness social media services to enable citizens to submit and vote on ideas for what the new administration should focus on. Such as Change.org’s Ideas for America and Obama’s Citizen Briefing Book.

Perhaps we also need a dialog to shape our underlying shared backbone — our common purpose — from which we can unite and source our ability to be patient and  flexible for the common purpose as we move forward to deal with the major issues of our society.

Something I’l be looking into for birrbit to see how we might support this effort.

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