Barack Obama gives second inauguration speechIn his second inaugural address, President Barack Obama outlined several priorities for his final term, including: immigration reform, equal pay, poll access, renewable energy, marriage equality and gun control. While everyone may not agree with each piece of this ambitious agenda, we at the Alliance urge all Americans to embrace the central theme of his speech – America can seize the moment, as long as we seize it together.

Speaking of our nation’s proud history of innovation and enterprise, the President stated,

“We have always understood that when times change, so must we; fidelity to our founding principles requires new responses to new challenges; preserving our individual freedoms requires collective action.”

As business leaders actively working to change how we approach our role in society, we could not agree more. It’s about innovation – business does not survive any other way.

We are a non-partisan coalition of CEOs, entrepreneurs and investors working to build an economy that supports long-term economic growth and prosperity for all. No longer are we content to sit back and watch as government struggles to meet the social, economic, and environmental challenges we face – the time has come for the private sector to step up and contribute our unique strengths and talents towards driving the change our country needs.

Our hope is that by working through our businesses and with policy makers, we can engage the ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit of business to create lasting solutions to our most pressing challenges.  The answer is not more government, it’s better government.  And, we firmly believe, effective public-private partnerships can leverage the best of government and business to meet these challenges.

So, yes, we’re all in this together. Let’s get going. Let the President’s speech be a call to action for us all.

What was your takeaway from Obama’s speech? How will you respond to his call for new responses and collective action?