By traveling the state & meeting people where they are – in their own workplaces, communities, & activities, we engage people in their most comfortable, confident environments. The 1848 Project will proactively solicit Wisconsinites’ biggest challenges & struggles, hopes & dreams, & their thoughts on how to create a brighter future for the state. The 1848 Project will search for consistencies & commonalities across geography and demographics to determine policy priorities for the FORWARD AGENDA. As parts 2 and 3 of the 1848 Project Mission unfold, the “Listening and Learning” strategy will continue as events & popular culture often change people’s most pressing concerns. Listening to the people of Wisconsin should never be a “one time” thing…it should be frequent & intentional.
Wisconsin already has some of the finest conservative think tanks in America. There are other Midwestern policy institutions that focus on heartland issues & still others across the country & world that offer in-depth research & policy solutions for some of the challenges faced by Wisconsin’s people. The goal of the 1848 Project is not to replicate research or duplicate policy development efforts – it is to find the best evidence-based strategies to solve problems & reach Wisconsinites’ most aspirational goals. The 1848 Project will identify Wisconsinites’ most pressing concerns & hopes by listening & learning, then comb through the best data, statistics & policy prescriptions to identify the best solutions for our state. When the 1848 Project determines no research, white papers, or solutions exist on a pressing topic, the 1848 Project team will undertake the effort to produce a solution. The accumulated policy ideas will form the FORWARD AGENDA, the conservative plan for Wisconsin’s future.
While the 1848 Project will be continuously engaging in input solicitation, after the FORWARD AGENDA is built, the listening & learning efforts of the project will develop a third & robust purpose: communicating the agenda & building support for this conservative plan for Wisconsin’s future. The 1848 Project will seek approval & enthusiasm for the agenda among traditional conservative, Republican & right-leaning groups, as well as Wisconsin’s workers, families, grassroots leaders, & particular interest communities. The FORWARD AGENDA is intended to be a well-rounded set of conservative policy pillars to be used by all public servants & communities seeking a better tomorrow for their neighbors.