'Good ideas are common - what's uncommon are people who'll work hard enough to bring them about. '
How do we move these ideas and concepts beyond what's laid out here? Providing a vision is only the first step to catalyzing real change. Through our experiences over the last eight years, Roosevelt has learned how to effectively create change. We have experimented with different models of activism, from academic articles to analysis of hot-button national political issues, and we have found that actually designing policy solutions with community participation is the most effective and most representative of our values. We call this grassroots, sleeves-rolled up approach to policy activism: Think Impact. As our chapters across the country participate in Think Impact, they engage with community members, local nonprofits, and elected officials from school boards to state legislatures, and write unique policy solutions tailored to the needs of their communities. If we truly believe that government is of, by, and for Millennial America, than our approach to policy change is how we can design concrete solutions, act to elevate our voice, and build a movement towards a government for the 21st century.
Over the course of the next year, the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network will use the Government by and for Millennial America document as a launching point to empower young people to identify and tackle our challenges in pursuit of a more inclusive and effective government. Join us. Let's get started.