, according to its website, is "a group of distinguished scholars and researchers working to help achieve a just, democratic, environmentally sustainable, and humane society."
Its stated goals are to --
Reframe the terms of political debate to make a progressive moral vision more persuasive and influential
Develop public policies that will bring us closer to a society that embodies this vision
Unify progressives around a shared political program and a common moral language
Build links with activists, policymakers, the media, academics, and other key groups to influence the public agenda 
In this agenda, particularly the language of the first and third items, one can discern the influence of Institute fellow George Lakoff, a cognitive science professor at University of California, Berkeley, whose book Moral Politics: How Liberals and Conservatives Think explores these themes extensively.