Alexander S. Kochkin & Patricia M. Van Camp – social architects, innovators, and philanthropists – have studied the political, economic, socio-cultural, and spiritual trends and movements in the U.S. for over two decades. Commissioning the In Our Own Words 2000 social science research project to gain a more intrinsic understanding of the values and beliefs of Americans, they sought to provide a scientifically viable instrument that would highlight the commonalities among Americans and provide a beacon of encouragement. It is their hope that many organizations and individuals will be encouraged by the inspiring insights from the American public that are given voice in this study.