Mission and Vision

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Our Mission

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.

Our Vision

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.