IPS is a progressive think tank dedicated to building a more equitable, ecologically sustainable, and peaceful society. In partnership with dynamic social movements, we turn transformative policy ideas into action.
We believe everyone has a right to thrive on a planet where all communities are equitable, democratic, peaceful, and sustainable.
- Where social, cultural, and economic equity exists across race, ethnicity, age, gender, class, sexuality and all identities.
- Where the needs of people are prioritized over profits and prosperity is shared by all.
- Where fair trade practices ensure that every country is a land of opportunity.
- Where every child, senior, and person with disabilities is cared for.
- Where all workers have equal rights, including caregivers, domestic workers, farmers, and factory workers.
- Where all kinds of families and communities are respected and have what they need to thrive.
- Where health care, education, housing, and dignity are guaranteed human rights.
- Where everyone earns a living wage or a guaranteed basic income and all businesses are fairly taxed.
- Where the people decide who governs and every vote counts.
- Where the budgets for development and human needs are larger than the budgets for military operations and war.
- Where our foreign policy supports peace and diplomacy over war and intervention.
- Where a peace economy replaces a militarized economy.
- Where nuclear weapons and military drones are abolished.
- Where we’ve stemmed climate change and fairly distributed the resources needed to mitigate the impacts.
- Where all energy is derived from the sun, the wind, and other renewable resources instead of fossil fuels, nuclear power, and other dirty energy sources.
- Where all waste is recycled and energy is democratically controlled.
- Where there is no mass incarceration, children are never imprisoned, and restorative justice models prevail.
- Where resilient communities are inter-generationally connected across race, class, gender, and all other identities.
Our Approach: “Public Scholarship”
We define “public scholarship” as building, supporting, and reinforcing transformative ideas for the public and policy makers. This includes a diverse set of strategic activities performed within, alongside, and in support of social movements.
These activities include:
- Researching and analyzing policies, and developing alternative policies.
- Listening to grassroots activists and movement leaders.
- Writing reports and books.
- Writing articles and op-eds.
- Creating infographics and other popularly accessible media.
- Creating talking points and messaging guidance for movement leaders and activists.
- Appearing in television, radio, online, and print media interviews.
- Giving lectures and speeches in community and educational settings.
- Organizing and curating events and salons.
- Participating in, helping to build, and providing strategic support to movements, identifying opportunities for convening and cross-constituency work.
- Incubating and developing innovative projects.
- Mentoring and nurturing the next generation of public scholars.