Purpose Power Town Hall Tour

Rebuilding trust through face-to-face dialogue in 15 cities across America.

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Project Description

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Digital overwhelm and tribal politics have poisoned America's civic discourse.

Let's replace the silos that divide us with meaningful conversation.

In 2016, I quit my job to help elect Hillary Clinton as the first female president of the United States. Serving as a field organization in Broward County, Florida. I witnessed how our failure to communicate is at the heart of our political dysfunction. Technology only widens the distance between us.

How? Because social media and the Internet let us operate in silos and a values vacuum. In our Facebook and Twitter feeds, we only interact with people we already know or who share our life experiences and beliefs, and are ideologically aligned with us.

We spend more time on social media and less time interacting with each other. The result is that we can no longer access, hear, or civilly engage with important viewpoints that differ from our own.

Progress is built on trust. To trust one another, we have to understand each other. And understanding starts with dialogue. 

In a time of political polarization and strife, what we need more than anything is trust. To trust one another, we have to understand each other. Understanding starts with dialogue and knowing the values we have in common, the beliefs that we share.

Conversations humanize us. Forget Facebook, forget your newsfeed, forget the Twittersphere. Face-to-face dialogue is where change begins.

The Town Hall Tour will deliver four core benefits: 

  • Dialogue: Beginning with structured questions and facilitated conversation, community members will have the chance to share their experiences and voice their priorities. Engaging in a space rooted in respect and compassion will allow all participants to feel welcome and heard. 
  • Understanding: By explicitly voicing their ideas in a way that they can be broadly seen and understood, participants will be able to clearly understand the common ground they share with their neighbors.
  • Trust: By listening to one another's ideals and concerns, all participants will gain a more human understanding of one another. Through human connection, and a deeper awareness of their priorities and needs, participants will have the chance to build solidarity and common cause, even with those they might not have previously thought to be their allies. 
  • Progress: A clear understanding of shared values and vision for the future provides a foundation for collaboration. Through open, structured dialogue, community members will gain a clear frame from which to organize future action and elect capable leaders. 

This project builds on successful efforts to use collaborative tools of community engagements to empower community members to clearly understand one another and work together for change. 

The Purpose Power Tour will run from March to May 2019. The tour across America will begin in the northeast and move through 15 cities. At various points during the campaign, we’ll be asking our backers to help us decide the exact tour locations and their sequence, but we know we’ll be going to:

New England | New York | Virginia

North Carolina | Alabama | Mississippi | Tennessee

Colorado | Kansas | Nebraska | Wisconsin | Michigan 

Ohio | Pennsylvania | Florida

During the tour, we’ll be hosting community events in partnership with local organizations in democracy reform and social justice.

These community events will focus on four key themes:

  • The values that should guide us and our leaders

  • The challenges affecting our communities

  •  Each community's shared vision for the future

  • How leaders and community members can collaborate to advance their shared vision

Through these conversations, we will empower participants with conviction and community that catalyze action toward our shared future vision.

Each town halls will bring communities together and inspire them to stay connected and engaged.

Participants will receive an Engagement Toolkit that empowers community members to continue hosting structured, deep and meaningful conversations that advance a shared commitment to common cause.

Participants will leave the Town Hall excited, connected, and empowered to work together towards a shared vision of future progress. 

The funding we raise through this campaign will go towards

    Venues | Staff & Operations |  Promotion | Engagement Toolkit Design & Production

The funds raised through this campaign will provide comprehensive support for the tour in the following ways:

  • Venues: In every community, the Town Hall will take place in a central and accessible venue. This campaign will fund these venues. 
  • Staff & Operations: Producing thoughtful events takes time and effort. We'll be hiring a rock star producer to oversee every little detail, and a multimedia team to capture what happens at every Town Hall for posterity. 
  • Promotion: We'll capture everything that happens during every tour stop on video and compile it into an online forum where Americans across the country can connect and discover their shared conviction. This campaign will fund the creation and curation of this online portal. 
  • Engagement Toolkit: Prior to the tour kickoff, this campaign will fund a gathering of facilitators and engagement strategists who will collaboratively develop the engagement approach. At every Town Hall, attendees will receive a toolkit that will empower them to continue to convene and facilitate conversations within their community. 

I’m Alicia Bonner Ness, author of Purpose Power I believe that trust is the foundation of progress and we can’t do anything alone. Since the end of the 2016 presidential campaign, I’ve dedicated my life to reimagining politics.

In 2017, I launched Heptagon Productions, a brand activation agency, that transforms and accelerates how the social sector can engage for change. I pioneered a 7-step framework, the Heptagon Method, designed to take mission-driven brands from ideology to action, using a human-centered design and open ideation to help organizations translate their purpose into impact.

Then, I wrote Purpose Power, my forthcoming book, to define how we can work together to build movements towards progress.

I draw on my personal and professional experience, as well as extensive research, to offer a provocative framework that can help advocates for change disrupt the status quo.

Let's meet. Let’s talk. Let’s find our shared values and transform the future together

Thank you for your support for this campaign.

Join us at a town hall near you and make this future possible.

Updates

The Project FAQs

1) We are more alike than we think

I’m encouraged by the recent research about America’s Hidden Tribes. It shows that an “exhausted majority” (about 54% of us) are tired of the screaming on both “sides.” That 3 in 4 Americans believe that “our differences are not so great that we cannot work together.”We want to have this conversation.

2) In-person dialogue is the best way to rebuild trust

We’ve become overly dependent on the internet to find our allies. In so doing, we’ve moved into silos.  We are constantly surrounded by people just like us. We’ve come to distrust the other side, de-humanizing each other in the process. We need to meet in person, to rebuild the trust that we need, to create the future we want.

3) Community discussion creates change

Since 2017, I’ve been working on The Vision Project to reimagine how communities do politics. I've facilitated workshops across Brooklyn, and talked with people about their shared conviction. Through in-person events, people find a shared vision for the future of local politics, and their role in making that vision a reality.

4) I’ve written a book about how to start movements

My book provides a framework for how we turn our core beliefs into movements that shake up the status quo. Purpose Power: How Mission-Driven Leaders Engage for Change offers a framework for inspiration and engagement that leaders can use to advance their shared vision. 

 

Patrick Ryan
12/09/2018
Monetary Contribution
$500
12/05/2018
Basic Bookworm
$50
11/30/2018
Advisory Committee
$1,000
Shellie Winkler
11/30/2018
Paperback Maven
$100
Sheila F
11/29/2018
Monetary Contribution
$50
Katie Sagarin
11/28/2018
Purpose Power T-Shirt
$50
Kenny Andejeski
11/28/2018
Monetary Contribution
$10
Peg Willingham
11/27/2018
Monetary Contribution
$100
11/24/2018
Paperback Maven
$100
11/23/2018
Monetary Contribution
$25
Monetary Contribution

Support the campaign with an amount of your choice because you believe in the cause. 

5 Supporters
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$50
Purpose Power T Shirt

Purpose Power Lesson #1: The practice of making the impossible feasible starts with the unwavering determination to do something that scares the shit out of you. 

We invite you to join us in our shared conviction to lean into impossibility, even when it's terrifying. Only when we get to the edge of possible can we begin to reinvent the paradigm. 

This shirt is available in a women's v-neck and in a unisex crewneck. It's yours when you back the tour with $50! 

 

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Exclusive Autographed Edition

Only available for the first month of the campaign, this reward is EXCLUSIVE to the crowdfunding campaign! This is a collector's item. Your contribution of $500 earns you two signed copies of the hardcover edition of the book, one for you, and one to give away. You'll also receive an invitation to an exclusive VIP tour event in a city near you. Support the campaign by December 2nd at 11:59pm ET for this exclusive benefit.

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Access Ally

With a contribution of $10, you'll get exclusive tour updates and lifetime access to the Purpose Power portal, which will tell the stories of Town Hall conversations taking place across the United States. 

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$25
Ace Advocate

Your contribution of $25 earns you a ticket to a Town Hall near you, and a personal thank you note from Alicia!

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$50
Basic Bookworm

Not into community engagement, but wanna get your hands on a copy of Purpose Power, ASAP? This level is for you! Be among the first to receive the paperback edition of the book.

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$100
Paperback Maven

Are you excited about reading Purpose Power before you show up for the Town Hall? Be among the first to receive a copy of the paperback edition of the book, get a VIP ticket to a tour event in a city near you, and get lifetime access to the Purpose Power portal that will provide exclusive member content to tour supporters and attendees. 

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Hardcover Champion

While supplies last! A contribution of $250 gets you a copy of the hardcover edition and a VIP ticket to a tour event in a city near you.

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$1,000
Advisory Committee

Support the tour with a contribution of $1000 and join the advisory committee that will oversee the tour's success. You'll receive a signed copy of the hardcover edition, as well as invitations to Town Halls and VIP events in cities across the country.

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City Champion

Back this campaign with $2500 and we'll host a Town Hall in any city you choose, guaranteed! Mobilize your community to contribute a combined total of $2500 and we'll do the same.

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Bold Benefactor

Are you tired of politics as usual? Ready to invest in long-term change? Pledge your generous support of $5,000 to make the Town Hall tour possible. You'll receive exclusive updates on our progress and plans, as well as a signed copy of the hardcover edition and invitations to VIP events in a city near you. 

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Tour Brand Sponsor

Sponsor the tour to take your cause to the masses! With a contribution of $10,000, your brand will be featured at every Town Hall event across America. Contact us for more information about the benefits of sponsorship.

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$10,000
Corporate Publication Sponsor

Want your team to be more purposeful? With a contribution of $10,000, we'll send your company 100 books and stop by your HQ campus for a book signing and lunch 'n' learn discussion.

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$50
Purpose Power T-Shirt

"You never change things by fighting against the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete." -- Buckminster Fuller

Make the Existing Model Obsolete

This t-shirt is a launch special, only available for the first two weeks of the campaign. It captures our commitment to change the status quo. Get this t-shirt when you back the tour with $50 or more! 

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Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Support the campaign with an amount of your choice because you believe in the cause. 

5 Supporters
Contribute
$50
Purpose Power T Shirt

Purpose Power Lesson #1: The practice of making the impossible feasible starts with the unwavering determination to do something that scares the shit out of you. 

We invite you to join us in our shared conviction to lean into impossibility, even when it's terrifying. Only when we get to the edge of possible can we begin to reinvent the paradigm. 

This shirt is available in a women's v-neck and in a unisex crewneck. It's yours when you back the tour with $50! 

 

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$500
Exclusive Autographed Edition

Only available for the first month of the campaign, this reward is EXCLUSIVE to the crowdfunding campaign! This is a collector's item. Your contribution of $500 earns you two signed copies of the hardcover edition of the book, one for you, and one to give away. You'll also receive an invitation to an exclusive VIP tour event in a city near you. Support the campaign by December 2nd at 11:59pm ET for this exclusive benefit.

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$10
Access Ally

With a contribution of $10, you'll get exclusive tour updates and lifetime access to the Purpose Power portal, which will tell the stories of Town Hall conversations taking place across the United States. 

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$25
Ace Advocate

Your contribution of $25 earns you a ticket to a Town Hall near you, and a personal thank you note from Alicia!

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$50
Basic Bookworm

Not into community engagement, but wanna get your hands on a copy of Purpose Power, ASAP? This level is for you! Be among the first to receive the paperback edition of the book.

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$100
Paperback Maven

Are you excited about reading Purpose Power before you show up for the Town Hall? Be among the first to receive a copy of the paperback edition of the book, get a VIP ticket to a tour event in a city near you, and get lifetime access to the Purpose Power portal that will provide exclusive member content to tour supporters and attendees. 

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$250
Hardcover Champion

While supplies last! A contribution of $250 gets you a copy of the hardcover edition and a VIP ticket to a tour event in a city near you.

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$1,000
Advisory Committee

Support the tour with a contribution of $1000 and join the advisory committee that will oversee the tour's success. You'll receive a signed copy of the hardcover edition, as well as invitations to Town Halls and VIP events in cities across the country.

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$2,500
City Champion

Back this campaign with $2500 and we'll host a Town Hall in any city you choose, guaranteed! Mobilize your community to contribute a combined total of $2500 and we'll do the same.

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$5,000
Bold Benefactor

Are you tired of politics as usual? Ready to invest in long-term change? Pledge your generous support of $5,000 to make the Town Hall tour possible. You'll receive exclusive updates on our progress and plans, as well as a signed copy of the hardcover edition and invitations to VIP events in a city near you. 

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$10,000
Tour Brand Sponsor

Sponsor the tour to take your cause to the masses! With a contribution of $10,000, your brand will be featured at every Town Hall event across America. Contact us for more information about the benefits of sponsorship.

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$10,000
Corporate Publication Sponsor

Want your team to be more purposeful? With a contribution of $10,000, we'll send your company 100 books and stop by your HQ campus for a book signing and lunch 'n' learn discussion.

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Select this reward
$50
Purpose Power T-Shirt

"You never change things by fighting against the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete." -- Buckminster Fuller

Make the Existing Model Obsolete

This t-shirt is a launch special, only available for the first two weeks of the campaign. It captures our commitment to change the status quo. Get this t-shirt when you back the tour with $50 or more! 

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