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May 10, 2022

Best-selling author Todd Rose reveals how most Americans share common aspirations for the country.

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Most Americans share common aspirations for themselves and the country. The problem is that they don't believe that most Americans share their values.

Regardless of gender, race, geography, income, or education level, most Americans share eight of the top ten values, such as individual rights, a quality education, good healthcare, and a criminal justice system that operates without bias. Americans want to be treated equally regardless of their background, and they want to be able to go as far in life as their ability and aspirations will take them.

Having so much in common — indeed we have more in common than we have differences — provides a starting point for building community and trust.

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About Todd Rose:
Todd Rose is the co-founder and president of Populace, a think tank committed to ensuring that all people have the opportunity to pursue fulfilling lives in a thriving society. Prior to Populace, he was a faculty member at Harvard University where he founded the Laboratory for the Science of Individuality and directed the Mind, Brain, and Education program. Todd is the best selling author of Collective Illusions, Dark Horse, and The End of Average. He lives in Burlington, Massachusetts.


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