Is there a future to the American dream?

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As we roll into the 4th of July a.k.a Independence Day, our minds are often on hot dogs and Fireworks. But what does America look like to us today and are we still capable of being dreamers?


The American Dream is a national concept of the US, the set of ideals (Democracy, Rights, Liberty, Opportunity, and Equality) which includes the opportunity for freedom, prosperity and success, and an upward social mobility for the family and children, achieved through hard work in a society with few barriers.

The original definition of the American Dream as defined by James Truslow Adams in 1931 was: “life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement regardless of social class or circumstances of birth. ” The American Dream is rooted in the Declaration of Independence, which proclaims that “all men are created equal” with the right to “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

 So the question is then do we still believe this? Do we still believe in this dream?

Brian David Johnson is a Professor of Practice in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University and is leading a team of faculty and students conducting research on the future of the American Dream. He invites you to participate in a study by responding to the question, What is the future of the American Dream? Your response to this question may be used in reports, presentations, or publications but your name will not be used. There are no foreseeable risks to your participation. They will not collect personal information on you and they will keep your response anonymous.

What kind of future do you want? What kind of future do you want to avoid? Join the conversation.


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