Building on the Grand Canyon Trust ‘Intercessions on Land’ series, and galvanized by new threats to America’s public lands, The Open Space of Democracy will move into high gear to mobilize a powerful group - including some existing and some new members - to engage the public in connecting with and activating to protect public lands, and through this process, our shared ideals and our democracy.
The Open Space of Democracy aims to play a leading role in reaffirming our shared democratic values by creating a cultural connection to our shared public lands.
We will achieve this mission by a) building an alliance of compelling advocates for public lands and b) unifying and amplifying their individual and shared narratives to inspire large-scale collective action in defense of our shared inheritance.
The Alliance: Members of the alliance will span the widest workable spectrum of political and cultural perspectives and will be chosen either because they hold crucial knowledge and stories, or because they are trusted thought leaders with existing communications channels to some significant segment of society. All members will commit to bringing their voices, networks, and other assets to the project. In 2017 - 2018, we aim to convene three four-day alliance gatherings on public lands. Gatherings will include open format sessions that allow for organic creation and collaboration, as well as facilitated sessions related to shaping visions for the future of our public lands. Between gatherings, we plan to support and/or host member-led events (installations, readings, immersive experiences, etc.), and will and track and share progress of these efforts through our customized platform (see below).
The Narratives: Our work with the alliance will incorporate a core communications team focused on constructing messages with broad appeal from the discussions of the alliance. The communications team will work individually with members to select the best channels and design the most effective messages for their audiences, while assuring that messages are coordinated and mutually reinforcing to the overarching focus on connecting to and/or protecting our shared inheritance. We will also reach beyond the alliance to others with compelling messages to capture and disseminate their stories through the most effective available channels.
In addition, our core team will develop a customized in-house messaging platform to disseminate branded messages, and also to serve as a publicly available interface of materials that alliance members and others can link to in their social networks.
REACH AND IMPACT
“We need something that will supply in our times what was supplied formerly by our traditional religious story. If we are to achieve this purpose, we must begin where everything begins in human affairs—with the basic story, our narrative of how things came to be, how they came to be as they are, and how the future can be given some satisfying direction. We need a story that will educate us, a story that will heal, guide, and discipline us.” - Thomas Berry
Reach and expected impact will be determined in collaboration with our communications and content strategy team. Based on the reach of Intercessions participants, we anticipate reach to and engagement of at least 30 million Americans.