It is a shame that in certain areas in the world, and within countries, the governments do not cover all, the population or all the needs people have. For example, in Colombia, there are places where the state has forgotten about the people and violent gangs and groups have taken over control of almost everything that happens in that region. It could be a drastic example, but those are some of the consequences of the state not going to all the places where they should be.
In United States the thing is not so drastic, but it does happen. The government does not reach all the community or doesn’t reach all their necessities, leaving a big gap between the people and the government. In Chicago specifically, the community has a lot of problems that are not fully addressed by the government, but they took action.
At this address 3939 North Wilke Road, Arlington Heights, Illinois 60004, and at this phone number and fax, 312/377-4000 and 312/277-4122 there is an institute called the Heartland Institute that is a national non-profit organization founded in 1984 and devoted to research and education. Their aim and mission is to “discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems. Such solutions include parental choice in education, market-based approaches to environmental protection, privatization of public services, and deregulation in areas where property rights and markets do a better job than government bureaucracies”, as seen in their webpage.
This institute is giving people the tools to address problems and issues that take long for the government to solve, are very complicated and technical or have just been forgotten by the authorities. They are an “action tank” as well as a “think tank,” and they have a real impact in the world out there. There is a dynamic between the people and the government that sometimes does not allow freedom to be fully expressed and it is here where the Heartland Institute plays an essential role in the national (and increasingly in the international) movement for limited government and personal liberty. They considered themselves as the channel where freedom thinkers such as writers, artists and thinkers meet, collide, agree or disagree with the nation’s 50 state legislatures.
They have a lot of publication in order to reach the community. Some of them are listed here: The Heartland Institute publishes four national monthly newspapers covering free-market ideas in school reform, environmental protection, health care finance, and tax and budget matters; they also publish three policy newsletters, addressing the digital economy; lawsuit abuse; and public policy from a free-market multicultural perspective. They are actively present in the internet with their website www.heartland.org which includes PolicyBot that is the Internet’s largest collection of free-market public policy research
Well, some people may think why should they choose The Heartland Institute or what is it that they do that has so much influence in our lives? Well, here is the answer. They can take their expertise, a staff of 39 and approximately 250 academics and professional economists, to the debates with a peer-review process and act as policy advisors, apart from having more than 200 elected officials serving on their own Legislative Forum. They have Twenty-five senior fellows that are allowed to publish, write, speak, or comment on many policy issues.
As for the publications, Heartland has published more than 140 peer-reviewed policy studies and scores of policy briefs, Research and commentary collections, and booklets. Surveys show 74 percent of state legislators read at least one of Heartland’s publications sometimes or always. Their Government Relations also give them an amazing advantage because they had more than 1 million contacts with elected officials in 2015, including 6,127 face-to-face contacts and they have the ability and permission to call legislators and ask if they need information, are aware of new developments in other states, and if they can send the “best available research” on issues they are coping with.
The Heartland Institute has gained credibility due to their 32 years in public policy, solid research and publications, and repeated communications with state legislators. They have become a “go-to” source for thousands of elected officials and other opinion leaders. A recent survey this same year found that 82% of the state elected officials surveyed read one or more Heartland newspapers “sometimes” or “always”; 43% consider Heartland to be a “very” or “somewhat” valuable source of information; and 45% reported a Heartland publication “influenced my opinion or led to a change in public policy.”
The Heartland Institute is helping people all over America understand and be part of public policy making. Their publication help parents, official, politicians and the community in general take more educated decisions on their delicate issues and have a direct communication with the people that represent them in the government.
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