In Pursuit of the Good, the True, and the Beautiful
Vision – Our mission is to help create and foster the conditions that enable human flourishing and abundance everywhere. The manifold objective of Dissenting Voices is to inspire, inform, educate, encourage, and support the application of critical thinking to local, national, and global challenges. The Dissenting Voices platform is needed because whenever and wherever dissension is suppressed, so too is the hope of human flourishing—and the good, the true, and the beautiful that it seeks to manifest, whether in matters of health, science, education, technology, ethics, government, or other areas of tremendous consequence. Dissension, as a positive force, is vital not only to a functioning democratic society; it is also critical to the process of innovation, to the kinds of breakthroughs that make a better world possible, to countering deadly groupthink, and to resisting totalitarian agendas.
Goals – Dissenting Voices will enable and amplify positive dissent through deep investigative journalism, through print, interactive, film (documentaries), and other media channels, as well as live events and conferences. We will create a strong, self-sustaining global media brand and platform that will attract a massive, engaged, and active following. Dissenting Voices will become a vital resource in the preservation of Constitutionally-guaranteed rights and will inspire, fight for, preserve, and reinforce such fundamental rights and freedoms everywhere.
Strategy – Our planned media operations are inclusive of books, film, 24/7 network broadcast, audio products, interactive platforms, social, mobile, virtual, and other new and emerging media technologies—all developed with exceptionally high production values. Additionally we will produce thought leader-hosted shows; interviews with exciting and inspiring high-profile personalities; original dramatic series; documentaries; and other content vehicles. Our unique model brings together a powerful collective of thought leaders whose talents and insights will help light the path to global transformation, along with the entrepreneurial, technical, artistic, political, educational, and legal resources needed to effect it.
Why it Matters – Through the tools of positive dissent, we can indeed create a future world of human flourishing and abundance. We know this because the critical thinking skills that support and embolden voices of dissent are the very same skills that enable innovation; the same skills that bring imagination and creativity to the solving of global grand challenges; the same skills that are required to realize a free and prosperous future. However, while the dissenting voice can be powerful, it is also fragile. Today, we are witnessing a world in the grip of fear and ignorance—“the twins whose mother is slavery and whose father is oppression.”
As Edmund Burke put it, “No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.” If we have anything to fear, it is the viruses of fear and ignorance—the deadliest pathogens known to humankind—the viruses against which the most effective vaccine is truth—and the freedom to speak it. Natan Sharansky—a man who spent nine years in soviet prisons—asks, “Will dissent be permitted? The answer to that question will determine whether the society is a free society or a fear society.”