Visioning A Better America – A Citizens Conference Held in the Halls of Congress

Aired 4 February 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT

Interview with Consultant and Conference Convener Richard Margolies

“If you don’t like the current programming, turn off your TV and tell-a-vision instead.” — Swami Beyondananda



In these most contentious times, what if there were a way for “we the people” to gather above and beyond the battlefield conversation and focus on the common purpose we share?

The Bible says where there is no vision, the people perish. And at this moment, our democratic republic looks awfully perishable. Fortunately, a paradigm-breaking conference happening in Washington, D.C. this April looks to – in the Swami’s words – “bring left and right front and center to face the music and dance together.”

As the conference website says, only citizens can change society: “The purpose of the conference is to create a conversation about what we as a people and as a nation can become.”

Another quote:

“Politicians offer policies that are like medication to cure fears of the future, but these policies only address symptoms. The cure requires a vision of an America based on the values of the Declaration and the Constitution designed for the new reality that is radically different from anything imagined by Jefferson or Hamilton.”

Bringing together solutionaries and evolutionaries to “tell a vision” and ground that vision in reality, this conference reflects the “evolution of revolution” from something led by a charismatic leader to something that emerges from the grassroots up and brings forth the uncommon wisdom of common people.

Our guest this week is Richard Margolies, conference convener, who has spent more than a half-century as psychologist, political activist, researcher and consultant.

Richard Margolies, PhD is a clinical psychologist and leadership consultant. He has worked on numerous research and consulting projects in the US and Europe with Michael Maccoby and other associates over 45 years. Richard consulted to the senior military and civilian leadership of the US Army Corps of Engineers for 15 years. He wrote the Corps’ Learning Organization Doctrine, based on the thinking of the Maccoby Group and Gen. David Petraeus’ Counterinsurgency Doctrine. He designed and taught the Corps’ Leadership Course in Districts of the Corps around the US. He has consulted with public, private, and international organizations in the US, Sweden, and Ireland. He worked with Michael Maccoby and associates on the Robert Wood Johnson-funded research on leadership in exemplary healthcare systems. This research was the basis of the Jossey-Bass 2013 book, Transforming Healthcare Leadership, authored by Michael Maccoby, Cliff and Jane Norman, and Richard. He is on the Board of the Lincoln Group of DC, and leads its Lincoln Study Group.

If you want to find out how Americans can discover common purpose and then use that purpose to enact policies for the betterment of all, please tune in.

To find out more about Visioning A Better America, please go here.