Our Values

Our foundational principle is the universal and fundamental equality of human dignity. All people are created equal and are endowed by whatever creator they hold dear by certain unalienable rights. Among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Full stop.

This principle is the founding premise of the United States. But even 200 years into our history, not everyone experiences it as their reality. Today, more people than ever have access to information, voice and power. Each one of these people comes with a story and history of their own. It is our historic challenge to build a vision for a common future that grows from an understanding of our past, as individuals, communities and as a nation.

In our efforts to support this process, we at got history? will be guided by the following core values:

  • Civility
    We are a strictly non-partisan effort and insist on civility and respect in all interactions

  • Empathy
    There is a lot of hurt in history. We must always see things from different perspectives and open our hearts and ears to listen.

  • Accuracy
    Facts matter. And while there are different perspectives on every experience, there is a difference between fact and opinion. Research is important to uncover facts and perspectives.

  • Collaboration
    No one individual holds the keys to the solution. Only a team of teams can build this.