Our nation’s founders envisioned a republic in which the people would be the ultimate source of power. However, a pervasive cultural narrative—across the right and the left—tells Americans it is pointless to participate in civic life, because the game is rigged and their voices just don’t matter. The Pluribus Project Narrative Collaboratory, a project of the Aspen Institute’s Citizenship and American Identity Program, is designed to change this. We are countering this dominant negative narrative with a storyline of citizen empowerment, and we are funding eight experiments in creative media and narrative-making. Join program executive director Eric Liu, Matt Kibbe, and Maria Hinojosa of Futuro Media Group as they discuss how Americans across the country are coming together to create real change.
- 2016 Festival