October Learning Community Meeting: Reimagining American Identity

New Research Shines Light on the Story of Who We Are and Can Be

October 31st, 2023 I 12-1pm EDT I 9-10am PDT

Imagine a future in which American identity is untethered from white supremacy — neither white supremacist nor centered around resisting white supremacy. Without forgetting the lessons of our past, this American identity would create space for a fundamental reconstitution of the story of America to align with the world we aim to build over the decades to come.

~ The Bridge Project

The Bridge Project’s Reframing the Prevailing American Narrative for 2052 report inspired the Think Big Learning Community to partner with authors Angela Peoples and Connie Razza to take their research a step further.

Through generous funding from Omidyar Network, and with guidance from the Think Big Research Working Group, Topos undertook the research in partnership with Peoples and Razza. This ambitious project included on-the-ground ethnographic interviews in several states, small group Table Sessions and TalkBack testing of promising narrative directions.

Join us on October 31st at 12pm EDT as we share new insights on the the role of narrative in crafting a story of belonging in and to America—a story untethered from white supremacy—with Angela Peoples and Connie Razza of the The Bridge Project, a narrative research collaboration between Social & Economic Justice Leaders Project (SEJ) and The South.


Featured Speakers:

Angela Peoples is an organizer and political strategist committed to economic justice, gender justice, and Black liberation. Angela is co-founder and CEO of The South, a lifestyle brand and consulting firm where unapologetic Black culture defines political power.

Connie Razza is the Executive Director of Social and Economic Justice Leaders Project (SEJ), a movement utility that provides progressive leaders space to plan along a longer time horizon than they otherwise are able to, to prepare to meet conditions beyond our control, and to practice responding to crisis and opportunity across organizational lines.