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OUR VIEW OF THE AMERICAN SPIRIT



WE SEEK TO BE INNOVATIVE
AND ENTREPRENEURIAL

Americans’ ingenuity and their spirit of taking the initiative may have been borne of necessity – the need to create a new type of government, to survive as pioneers in new environments. Today innovation is fostered by Americans’ economic success, personal liberties, and our commitment to create opportunity for all.

WE SEEK TO BE POSITIVE, TO
EMPLOY A “CAN DO” APPROACH

Americans are traditionally a positive people. We greet a new disease with the determination to find a vaccination or cure. We volunteer to help in recovery from a natural disaster. Graduation speakers admonish graduates to “make a difference.” It’s not that we have been or are perfect, but we seek to strive, in the words of the U.S. Constitution’s preamble, to “form a more perfect union.”

WE UNITE IN OUR AIM TO BE
INCLUSIVE AND TO APPRECIATE
EACH OTHER’S INDIVIDUALITY

We are better together. That requires including everyone in opportunities and understanding the value that emerges from our varying backgrounds and ideas and our welcoming and respecting each other. We are determined not to repeat the tragic results of the opposite course — exclusion, discrimination, and polarization. Instead, we will be one people.  Read more about the American Spirit here: American-Spirit-pages

A COMMUNITY SPIRIT

That is aspirational and widely embraced can — like an American Spirit — motivate us, help us feel a part of something bigger than ourselves, and stir a generous spirit toward each other.

You can get involved.  We include below a downloadable guide to identifying a community spirit.  In addition, we include a guide for holding a discussion among friends or neighbors to tell the stories that bring home your community spirit or the American Spirit.  We’ll post some of those stories on this website.


IDENTIFYING A COMMUNITY SPIRIT

Identifying a Community Spirit is a step-by-step guide for coming to consensus on your community’s spirit.  Read online.  Download PDF.  Read the executive summary.

HOSTING A CONVERSATION ABOUT THE AMERICAN OR COMMUNITY SPIRIT AMONG NEIGHBORS AND FRIENDS

Hosting American Spirit Storytelling Conversations: A Brief Guide with 18 Ideas offers pointers on planning, sending notice, facilitating, and following up on a small meeting to bring home the American spirit or the spirit within your community.  Download PDF.



CONTACT US

The Divided Community Project
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
Program on Dispute Resolution

55 W 12th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
americanspirit@osu.edu