What is your wish for America’s future?

My Wish For U.S. invites anyone and everyone to voice their hopes and dreams for the future of the United States, as we approach the nation’s 250th anniversary. This is our first step – by articulating the kind of nation we want to build, we can inspire each other to take action.

Wishes For Books: Calling all educators! Share your wish for America’s future and win books for your students

Made By Us is teaming up with First Book and AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate to give away 20,000 books for students in need, across 1,000 classrooms nationwide. To enter, educators can share your wish for America’s future at MyWishForUS.com; post it to social media with #MyWishForUS; and complete this brief form for a chance to win books while inspiring civic engagement in your students. 

Get started

The Future Made By Us: Workshop Series

You’ve made your wish. What comes next? If you’re a young person today, you might already be involved in making change or thinking about how to help your community – and you know there’s a long road ahead for creating and sustaining the nation you want to live in. Made By Us can help you get there, putting history in your hands to shape the future.

This summer, we hosted “The Future Made By Us” virtual workshop series. In each of these interactive, online sessions, we shared a different technique that futurists and innovators use to connect a vision for tomorrow with actions you can take today. Together, we explored Backcasting; Ecosystem Mapping and Power Mapping; and with Lisa Kay Solomon of the Stanford d.school, how to Vote By Design.

Registration is now closed, but stay tuned for future sessions and more ways to get involved – the best way to stay up to date is to sign up for our newsletter.

Press

If you’re a member of the media interested in receiving our press kit or getting more information, please reach out to Valerie Donati at valerie@historymadebyus.org.

Press Release | June 15, 2020 | Made By Us Launches Its First Interactive Experience: My Wish For U.S., Inviting Everyone To Share Their Vision For The Future

The First Step To A Better Future? Having Difficult Conversations About The Past

The Blavity

Without a broad and accurate grasp on the origin of today’s issues, we cannot appropriately resolve them, much less build a stronger America for all. That’s why prioritizing education inside and outside the classroom is the first step in creating a better America.

An invitation to Gen Z: Describe your wish for America

The Fulcrum

Young people have always driven change; after all, we have to live the longest with the outcomes of the decisions happening now. When we asked our Gen Z fellows their wish for the future of the United States, what they decided on is a statement that might just help us all.

 

Carpenters’ Hall creates connections from the past to the present

Metro Philly

Below the sketch of the Continental Congress, the historic establishment is also offering visitors to participate in its My Wish for U.S. initiative. Visitors who participate in this new initiative will be able to use their mobile device to share a vision, hope, or wish for the future of our country.

Heinz History Center is part of national collaboration for ‘Made By Us’ initiative

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

The center’s president and CEO, Andy Masich, jumped at the opportunity to collaborate with other museums to present U.S. history — geared to the younger generation, giving them a platform to express their thoughts. “It’s time to take stake as a nation in what we want to be when we grow up,” he said.

History can help shape the future. But first, we need to get comfortable with complexity

Thrive Global

Across the country, over the last few weeks, people tuned into reports from D.C., Minneapolis, Atlanta and Los Angeles with emotions running high. One common reaction wove its way through the clutter of news articles, opinion pieces and tweets: a craving for history to help us understand how we got to where we are, and how to find a way forward.

Collaboration for justice: How history's more inclusive past foretells our future

The Hill

If we had a wish, it would be, like our ancestors Ida B. Wells and Madam C.J. Walker, that the opportunity to have a voice in politics as both voters and public servants truly made available to all.

Our Hidden Superpower: The Sum of our Parts

American Association for State and Local History

The challenges we face now are unique and devastating, but the way to tackle them is the same: let us band together, share what we have and what we know, and grow our capacity to thrive among new-ness. That’s the engine that powers Made By Us, and we’d like to invite you to join us for the ride.