democracy is a work in progress
Problems, Progress, Leaders2020-06-25T15:51:26-05:00

Looking Through the Lens of the COVID-19 Pandemic

There’s nothing like an immediate worldwide crisis to focus the attention and resources of an entire society on figuring out how to get through it. That’s what the COVID-19 pandemic has done.

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COVID-19 Pandemic and Economic Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic and the economic crisis it has produced have turned our world upside down. Even while we grapple with the effects of this twin crisis, many people are seeing for the first time the faults in our system that have either made the crisis worse, or been made worse by the crisis. This brief turns a spotlight on those systemic problems impacted by the crisis so that our solutions can be designed to build a stronger foundation for us all.

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Progress Updates

Iowa Bank Goes Carbon Neutral

2020-07-01T15:03:04-05:00July 1st, 2020|Categories: |

The Decorah Bank and Trust Company in Decorah, IA has reached a major milestone that few businesses can claim: its operations are officially carbon neutral.

“You do the math. You solve one problem, then you solve the next one and then the next and if you solve enough problems you get to come home.”
Matt Damon, as Mark Watney from the film The Martian
Problem Briefs
Storylines

Storylines are the backdrop on which today’s headlines play out. They are the threads that weave through the political and social battles of the day, often driving strategies for control of the narrative and for influencing public opinion. Whether they are embraced or rejected by prevailing sentiments, the storylines persist as long as we retain faith in the nation’s democratic ideals. It is the ongoing saga of American history that we strive to be better than we are, and that we remember to put our loyalty to the institutions of our democracy ahead of our loyalty to political party or celebrity.

It is why democracy is always a work in progress, and why it is vital that we all remain informed and engaged shareholders in our American experiment. We are our democracy’s citizen CEOs. Tomorrow’s storylines are not yet written; only we control where they go from today forward.

Our Focus

The American Leader offers an outcomes-driven journalism that goes beyond the endless conflicts and debates and focuses instead on what Americans do so well – solve problems. Often hidden beneath the surface of the 24/7 stream of headlines and attention seekers is a deep bench of American leaders who are attempting bold or innovative ideas to solve the systemic problems that shape our lives. Like noise-cancelling headphones, we’ll eliminate the distortions, distractions, and obfuscations of the news cycle, so that you can learn from these leaders, get inspired, and do something that makes life a little better for your community.

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