The problem with the American dream is that too often we're caught sleeping. At the very least, in the bliss of freedom, we let our attention wander as the things in life that matter most fail, are neglected, or are simply taken away.
In his new book, Rebuild the Dream, former special advisor to the Obama White House Van Jones drafts a thoughtful plan for the reconstruction of the simple American ideals and principles that secure the dream of a better life for everyone willing to work hard and play fair. With a vision centered on the benefits of a fully integrated green economy and practices of sustainable living, Jones's book offers a detailed analysis of the circumstances that led to rise of the Tea Party and the Occupy Wall Street movement. The author also provides a game plan for political activists looking to transform hope into lasting change and get the U.S. economy working again for everyone.
Invited by the Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Jones recently visited Madison to address a crowd of true believers. Drawing upon themes in his book, the co-founder and president an the organization of the same name made a solid connection with an audience eager to return to better times.
"We don't have to wait," Jones told them. "Once again we can be a nation of neighbors who were raised to look out for one another."