About this Project
My Wish for U.S. is the first in a series of experiments from Made By Us. We can’t wait to collaborate with you to build the future of this project, our collective story, and our legacy as a nation.
History happens every day. Let's make history.
Elections come every few years, but a quick look at our past makes it clear that voting isn’t the only way to shape the country. One hundred years ago, voting wasn’t even an option for many of us. Cleaner air, weekends, and even the concept of a minimum wage were the result of so-called average Americans banding together to demand better.
We get that it can be hard to know where to start. But this is a simple one. My Wish For U.S. is an invitation to share your wish for the future of the United States of America as we approach our country’s 250th birthday. Much as we love the idea of having a virtual stack of birthday cards for this epic anniversary, we have three main reasons for collecting your wishes and stories:
- To reveal and share what we stand for—as individuals and as a nation. By articulating how our ideals might come to life, we can inspire each other to take action.
- To offer new ways to discover surprising similarities, and important differences, with neighbors— across town and across the country.
- To inform what the Made By Us team creates for YOU - sharing what matters most ensures we can create relevant and powerful tools and experiences that catalyze our visions of the future.
It doesn’t stop at sharing a wish.
We’re just getting started with creating more ways to participate in shaping our nation’s future, powered by history. Here are a few places to begin making your wish a reality:
- You’ve made your wish; what will you personally pledge to do, to make it happen? For example, participate in a Brave Conversation hosted by our friends at Weave.
- Send your wish to your local representative, to advocate for the change you want to see - we’ve made it easy, as you can Tweet at your local reps right from your wish.
- Explore wishes across the site to see support, or differences of opinion, on your wish topic. Are there others in your community who might join you? Where else can you begin to learn about your topic locally?
- Take a spin through the websites of our many partners across the nation who offer resources to learn about ways of participating in history and democracy.
- Sign up for our newsletter to be notified about our upcoming programs, aimed at ways to build civic muscles and turn these wishes into our future.
Looking for a different way to participate? Want to use My Wish For U.S. in an educational setting? If you’re under 13 but want to contribute your vision, or if you want to take this offline or into a classroom, scout troop or supervised setting, here’s an Activity PDF you can download featuring other ways to join in.
Who is behind the My Wish for U.S. project?
Made By Us is an unprecedented effort by civic and history organizations to present history in relevant, provocative, and surprising ways for anyone who wants to participate in shaping the future of our country. Our goal is to help younger generations address real issues in real-time—with tools powered by history.
Thomas Jefferson was just 33 when he wrote the Declaration of Independence. Susan B. Anthony, Harriet Tubman, and Martin Luther King Jr. were in their teens, twenties, and early thirties when they made their mark. They were the “Millennials” of their time. They recognized that tomorrow is created through the choices we make today—and that we carry our shared history with us into the future, whether we choose to face it head-on or not.
Today, younger generations are more engaged—and more needed—than ever before to shape the next chapter. Over the next few years, we’ll listen, learn, and share tools and initiatives to address real issues in real time. Just as the signers of the Declaration framed a new world for Americans to bring to life, we have our own part to play in the coming chapters, by what we do and by what we don’t do.
With the nation’s 250th anniversary on the horizon, there’s no better moment to harness the power of our collective imagination and write the next 250 years—together.
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If you’d like to learn more about how your organization can become a partner, please email Caroline Klibanoff at KlibanoffC@si.edu