Progressive Values Documentary Project
I'm working on a documentary on the topic of Progressive Values. I'd like to start a Dairy here to explore the topic of Progressive Values from all angles. Sort of an 'All Values all the Time' diary. So, this is the first post. Here are some links for the project;
Overview Of Project on ProgressiveSpirit.com
Contains all the links I've found that relate to the subject of Progressive Values. Let me know if you know of any others.
Progressive Values YouTube Channel
A YouTube video channel for exploring what Progressive Values are. Focusing on values and the stories of how people developed them. I'm interviewing people on the subject and placing the clips here. It's also a place to aggregate other videos on the topic. From the videos posted here we are making a documentary.
What are Progressive Values? Study Group on DFA Link
A Democracy For America group to discuss and study the topic of Progressive Values.
Howard Dean on the Importance of Values
At the 'Take Back America 2007' Conference, Howard Dean addressed the need for Progressives to articulate their values. He explained how the Republicans have used an appeal to values to effectively communicate with the country. Howard Dean offered; Fairness, Toughness and Responsibility as Progressive Values to rally around.
Below is just the 6 minute part of his speech that deals with Progressive Values. I find it's a nice introduction to the importance of values.
George Lakoff and the Rockridge Institute think tank have done a great deal of work on Progressive Values. In this clip, George explains the values and the world view of Conservatives and Progressives. Also, how Conservative are promoting their values through the family and politics.
Here is a clip from Joe Brewer. I interviewed Joe on Earth Day doing some clean up in Oakland, California. Turns out he is a fellow at Rockridge Institute and Joe gives a quick run down of the Rockridge view of Progressive Values. He is saying the foundation of Progressive Values is empathy, from which other values grow out of.
- feeling of concern and understanding for another's situation or feelings. Also, an emotional feeling of identification or understanding of a work of art.
- understanding another person's feelings by remembering or imagining being in a similar situation.
Center for Policy Alternatives
Another organization that's done work on Progressive Values is the Center for Policy Alternatives. They lay out their list of Progressive Values of; Freedom, Opportunity, Security, Responsibility.
The way I'm trying to find out what Progressive Values are, is to interview as many Progressives as possible and see what pattern emerges. I'm also looking for personal stories of how those values became important to people.
I think there needs to be a more grass roots democratic way of uncovering and articulating the values. More of a personal stories based approach. I do appreciate how the think thanks have brought the importance of values to the forefront. It's a good starting point for the discussion.
- Is Howard Dean on target or not?
- Are Progressive Values more than just Fairness, Responsibility, Toughness?
- What's your take on how the different Think Tanks have articulated Progressive Values?
- What do you feel Progressive Values are? Why?
- What's the story of how those values became important to you?
- Do you know of any other resources on the topic of Values?
- What questions should be asked to illuminate the subject?