The President's annual State of the Union address gives the nation time to take stock of what has been accomplished and what still needs to be done. It is a time for national introspection and a time to think aspirationally about what America's citizens want for the future. This year, preceding the President's address, The Hill will host a forum of consequential voices who will suggest ways in which a polarized country can, in places, come together in more common purpose.
How will we transform a criminal justice system where too much of America's talent is unproductively locked away in prisons?
Are our education system and communities doing all they need to elevate the future's most important resource?
What is getting in the way of America's start-up and innovation culture?
How can we strengthen our civil society, work to diminish a growing economic inequality divide, resolve the deadlock on immigration reform, and help build pathways to opportunity for all regardless of where they live?
We will explore these issues from a range of perspectives, emphasizing civil discourse and quality conversations in this time of national reflection and goal-setting.