We all need to get smarter on what really makes the American Dream tick. Nobody has all the answers to the economic challenges we’re facing – and that’s why we’re pulling together the best thinking on prosperity from across the political spectrum. Big Tent isn’t in the business of “selling solutions” – we think forming an opinion is 100% up to you. We just want to make that process easier by sharing intriguing ideas from the right, left and center without partisan spin. Making this really come alive requires your help. So please share your ideas, questions, concerns - and also point out anything you think we’ve left out!

What We're Reading this Holiday Season

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As the weather gets colder, we're looking forward to a holiday season full of catching up on our reading! Here are our picks for recent pieces worth reading in the areas of civic engagement, democracy revitalization and broad-based economic prosperity.

The headlines all point to key questions we're asking ourselves as a nation. What do you think? Share your favorites in the comments!

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What We're Reading - Summer Reading Edition

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We hope you've been enjoying the warm weather and longer days of the summer! We've stayed busy reading the latest news in innovation in civics, tech, economics and politics. Get your "Summer Reading" in with some of these key links:

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What We're Reading in May

With the inaugural National Week of Conversation behind us, we’re even more convinced of the need for dialogue, quality information, and citizen empowerment. Here’s what we’re reading this month to learn a little more, connect across the aisle, and better enable access to broad-based prosperity.

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What We're Reading in March

Despite blizzards and the lure of March Madness, we still found time in March to get smarter about politics, civics and data - check out some of our recommended reads this month.

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What We're Reading in February

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Having useful and comprehensive information is key to making good decisions - and coming up with new ideas for improving America! Here’s what we’ve been reading and learning in February.

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What We're Reading in January

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Here's what we've enjoyed reading in January - between the bombogenesis and the State of the Union!

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Tired of Political Spin and Bullshit? Here’s How to Break the Cycle

My father had a plaque on his desk when I was growing up that read “If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit!”

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Don’t Just Get Mad – Be Heard!

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Washington listens to mainstream citizens, but only if you communicate in the right way at the right time.

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The "West Point of Capitalism" Puts Out a Plan to Help Small Business and Mainstream Citizens Prosper

The Harvard Business School doesn’t have a reputation for being touchy feely.  They’re all about research, facts and figures.  That’s why it means something when they come out so strongly for making the U.S. economy more free and fair for the little guy.

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It’s Time for Citizens to Really Get Informed - Not Just Withdraw Into Partisan Echo Chambers. Is That Possible? Yes, But Only if We Open Our Minds and Hearts a Little

Getting “smarter” is the opposite of being indoctrinated or taking what anyone says as gospel – it’s about challenging yourself, expanding your mind and being willing to explore diverse perspectives.

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