The Invisible Dream

We are at a critical time in our nation’s history, where both the ability to achieve the American Dream and an understanding of what it takes to achieve it are being called into serious question.

The GALEWiLL Center for Opportunity & Progress and Public Agenda have partnered on a new project, “The Invisible Dream: How Community, Engagement and Government Make the American Dream Possible,” that hopes to help address these questions and foster a more honest and productive discussion around this critical issue.

On October 1, 2012, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., we announced the results of the project's first stage: new research from focus groups and a national survey of Americans' beliefs about what the American Dream is and what it takes to achieve it. The research was released during a panel discussion moderated by Fox News political analyst Juan Williams. Panelists Isabel Sawhill of the Brookings Institution, Robert Samuelson of The Washington Post and Hedrick Smith, author of Who Stole the American Dream? provided insightful commentary based on their own research and writing.

This research is presented on the project's website in the section, "What Americans told us". We have also included a photo gallery of pictures that people from around the country shared with us as representative of their American Dream as part of our focus group research.

As this project enters its next phase, we are continuing the development of products and tools to help improve the conversation surrounding the American Dream, specifically with an online digital tool where any American can get a visualization of how community, engagement and government have impacted their station in life.

If this has piqued your interest, we’d love to set up a few minutes to talk you through our findings and to get your ideas on how we can best shape this project to achieve its intended impact moving forward.

Credits: Public Agenda, Tyler Mintz