We’ve formulated the trip along 4 guiding principles:
1) It will be about people, not politics.
2) It will be about inquiry, not advocacy. Optimism, not pessimism.
3) It will be about what’s working. Can do, not can’t do.
4) It will be cool and FUN.
What’s the problem you’re trying to solve?
It’s no secret that American national institutions are in a very challenged state: from the widespread crony capitalism that has weakened Wall Street to the stagnation in Washington DC. Globalization and technology have disrupted America, and while some people are doing extremely well in the new Era, there’s often an enormous “empathy gap” about what’s really going on in the middle of America.
What is the vision?
We want to tell the stories of how America and Americans are reinventing their own lives, and working together to renew their communities and states. In a media world dominated by cynicism, we want to understand how America can rediscover its true north. Our belief is that the answer won’t be some heroic leader riding in on a white horse, but rather an incredible collection of average Americans who are tinkering, entrepreneuring, and creating new ways of living and being from the bottom up.
What is the long-lasting benefit?
We will also focus on how we can become a connective tissue to join groups of innovators together nationally to focus on collective action that we can take. One of our goals is to establish 10-15 Fuse Corps fellowships working with local and national partners who can then help drive local cross-sector collaborations around programs ranging from job creation to education to alternative energy projects. In the same pioneering spirit as Lewis & Clark, John Steinbeck in “Travels with Charley”, and “On the Road” by Jack Kerouac, a bus tour connects to a classical American idea of exploration and discovery.
Who will be on the bus?
We expect to have a lot of fellow travelers along the way, both people staying on the bus, as well as others who just want to join along for a day or two or more. We will have a web tool to make it easy for people to follow our route and schedule, and would love to meet and join with as many people as would like to be a part of the tour. As for the core group on the bus, it will include Harold O’Neal, the pianist and innovator, Alexa Clay, the author + anthropologist, Peter Sims the best-selling author + social entrepreneur, and Richard Tait the entrepreneur and founder of Cranium. We are also working with a number of stewards helping to shape this initiative, including: Matthew Bishop (Globalization Editor, The Economist), Matthew Dowd (Analyst, ABC News), Henry Timms (Executive Director, 92nd Street Y), Jennifer Pahlka (Founder, Code for America).
Any other questions? Contact us.