Note to the Next President

Thursday, May 01, 2008 | Margy's Blog & Updates

For The Community Action New Narrative Initiative
May 2008

Imagine. It’s early February 2009, and the new President of the United States is announcing one of his first executive orders – a high profile initiative of his administration.

Suppose he begins his remarks with something like this:

Everyone in the United States should have an opportunity to be a full participant in the life of the nation. Unfortunately, too many of us remain locked out of the benefits of work, education, community engagement and access to basic services.

This social exclusion is a significant barrier to sustained prosperity and restricts our nation’s future economic growth.

Promoting social inclusion requires a new way of governing. The United States must rethink how policy and programs across portfolios and levels of government can work together to combat economic and social disadvantage.

Does this seem unlikely? It’s not. Every member of the European Union has a plan for social inclusion.

And the newly elected political leaders in Australia just announced this initiative for that country, using the language quoted above.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Julia Gillard MP announce the Australian Social Inclusion Board.

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