Any efforts to shift policy and politics in the US will fail if we don’t first rewrite the decades-long stories that shape our realities. Narratives—our cultural understandings, frames of reference or mental models—play a significant role in how leaders create and implement policies, and how people on the ground react to them. They also shape how people of color, women, immigrants, and low-income communities view and advocate for themselves.
The Insight Center asks, “Who are our current narratives building power for, and who do they purposefully leave behind?” We believe that narrative change is essential to progressive economic change, and we are committed to exposing false myths, telling bold truths, and expressing our vision and values. In the end, we know that it will take more than policy to attain an economy and society in which everyone is truly free and equal.