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Aspiring to greatness is an essential aspect of the American ethos, and one that is well worth celebrating. America built a democracy and an economy that are both the envy of the world. And yet, "the greatness of our country," according to former President George W. Bush, is only possible because it is "uplifted by the goodness of our people."

The Nantucket Project intends to invite President Bush to host a symposium on “goodness”. We will ask what it means to be good -- a good person and leader, a good man, a good neighbor, a good country. We will explore the qualities of moral and ethical goodness.

We believe there is a need for a societal conversation about the concept of goodness. Where does goodness fall in the present cultural zeitgeist that is at once obsessed with greatness and failure? The idea of true goodness in our private and public lives should be explored and celebrated, yet it instead seems to be left out of the discussion.

The symposium will consist of talks, interviews and intimate conversation, all revolving around the human virtues that together embody personal and public goodness. We firmly believe in the power of our live events to not only educate (in a entertaining and captivating manner), but to spur deep contemplation, discussion and desire for social betterment.

TNP will host this symposium at its annual event on Nantucket from September 13-16, 2018. The greater audience will consist of 800 curious, lifelong learners from all walks of life. The intimate private lunch session will involve 40 guests, including the distinguished fellows who have been invited as part of our 2018 Community Program grant.