allatin Writers reprepresents a confluence of academics, environmental and community leaders, political economists, and public intellectuals. Gallatin works with people who do not believe that the many ills affecting land and society in the American West will be cured through the "normal" channels of policy directives from Washington or heroic leadership from afar.

  The West's healing will come through creating its own institutions and decentralized actions. But before this can be accomplished, the region must confront its own history and learn the sources of its social and environmental problems. Fundamentally, this is a cultural problem. Gallatin Writers' goal is to help break the West's stalemate by exploring innovative policies for cultural transformation.