Platform of Policy Recommendations
Our Approach to Political Issues
We are developing a platform of proposed solutions to specific political issues. Our approach to each issue involves finding “win-win-win” solutions that integrate the values of all three major American worldviews: progressive, modern, and traditional. This win-win-win political strategy is derived from the business practice of stakeholder integration, which has proven to be highly effective at building agreement and increasing the “size of the pie.” Our evolving issue platform currently consists of the 15 political issues listed on the right, which are in various states of completion.
Our Strategy for Building Consensus
Our strategy for advancing this platform of issue positions entails “starting a conversation” on each issue within the nascent developmental political movement. Once a rough consensus is reached among a critical mass of developmentalists on a given issue, that issue’s recommended solutions will be proposed to the larger general public through our media channels.
Our Theory of Change
Culture and consciousness coevolve when people expand the scope of what they are able to value. Developmental politics is accordingly working to evolve American culture by integrating values from across the political spectrum. As cultural evolution proceeds, the political viability of inclusive compromises (like the win-win-win solutions presented here), as well as more visionary solutions, will become increasingly possible. Given America’s currently gridlocked political condition, however, these proposals are being kept within the realm of “reasonably feasible to achieve.”
Homelessness in the U.S. is our most recently published issue position.
Please note that while this issue position already incorporates pre-publication comments from Developmental Alliance members, further input is requested from the public because we view these issue positions as evolving documents that seek continuous refinement and improvement. All issue positions published thus far have been authored by the Institute for Cultural Evolution’s president, Steve McIntosh.
Thank you for considering our evolving platform of political issue proposals.
Homelessness Wins Sought for Each Major Worldview
The housing problems of practically all unhoused people would be addressed more compassionately and comprehensively. No one would have to live on the street. Healthcare for people with severe mental illness and chronic addictions would be expanded and made more accessible. The preferences of unhoused people would be considered in all homelessness amelioration programs and accommodated where possible.
The effectiveness and efficiency of America’s social safety net would be significantly increased. Public spaces and civic areas occupied by chronically homeless people would be reclaimed for the enjoyment of the general public. Quality of life would be restored in residential and retail neighborhoods that are now blighted by vagrancy and squalor. Crime would be reduced and property would be protected.
No one would be “left behind” or treated as disposable. Social services that focus on rehabilitation and require sobriety would continue to receive government funding. Traditional abstinence-contingent recovery programs would be treated on an equal basis with progressive housing first programs. Public order would be restored and protected.