America Becoming Lisa Uhrik
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AMERICA BECOMING: Framing Our Declaration of Interdependence

July 4th, 2021

They've been saying that America is in trouble for a long time. But what if we're not? What if we're at the precipice of becoming the kind of nation we want to be?


In human terms, America is one great big teenager. Egocentric, immortal, loud, proud, irreverent, and obsessively casual, we have spent an excessive amount of time taking selfies, trying to figure out who we are. Today, our mission is to survive America's angsty and rebellious teen years without crashing the car, burning down the house, or destroying our reputation. It's time to define who we want to be as an adult nation, moving from a world of navel-gazing and mistrust toward mental, emotional, and spiritual adulthood. Toddlers make declarations of independence, and teens live them out. But adults find love, meaning, and connection through Declarations of Interdependence. Use this book as a personal or group workbook, using the READ3 framework to refine your personal manifesto-your own Declarations of Interdependence for yourself, your family, and your community.


At seventeen, Lisa C. Uhrik first gave her "Pledge to America" speech, garnering her well more than fifteen minutes of fame. Delivering her speech hundreds of times, Lisa's love for development blossomed between the folding chairs and podiums. Honored often in a broad-spanning career, Lisa's expertise on individual and collective development has made her a highly sought thought leader. Known for fresh, intriguing connections, Lisa finds inspiration in the love of a big, blended family. Lisa and her husband, Dave, are literacy ambassadors and fearless small-business advocates who believe that manufacturing is sexy. The couple and their four well-loved dogs contemplate all that gratitude can bring.



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Gray Sasser

Executive Director, Vanderbilt Project on Unity & American Democracy

"By viewing American history through the lens of developmental psychology, America Becoming serves as a workbook for all of us trying to create a more perfect union."