WRITE TO CHANGE THE WORLD — TUCSON, APRIL 9, 2016

Eighteen underrepresented experts gathered today at the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona for our third consecutive Write to Change the World program in Tucson.  Efforts to bring this program to the people of Tucson began in 2013, and were inspired by the highly-successful inaugural cohort of Tucson Public Voices Fellows.  Fellows have continued this effort each year, and made the tools of public voice available to everyone in their community–regardless of means.

Today’s program brought together scholars, social entrepreneurs, nonprofit leaders and community activists from a wide range of local organizations.  Experts in the room are shaping the conversation around incarceration, storytelling, financial literacy, food systems and agriculture and much more.

Do you want your voice to be heard?  Come see us in action. We run Write to Change the World programs in 15 major U.S. cities on a rotating basis.  For more on our upcoming cities and dates, click here.

TIP OF THE WEEK: Pay attention to what annoys you

You’ve probably given some thought to the big things that make you angry – racism, sexism, poverty, broken health care systems, to name just a few. But what about the things that simply bug you? This week I’ve been thinking about how often these provide fertile ground—and sometimes an opportunity to use humor to address larger issues.

Consider this Slate piece that came through my Facebook feed with the great headline “My question is the following statement.” The author took this familiar irritation as his subject, diving down in an effort to discover what’s really going on here. (People—including editors—love pieces about how people (aka all of us) really work.)

I’m also a fan of pieces that bring us together through a shared sense of life’s absurdities—a brief respite from the world’s many dangers and demands. One of my faves in recent weeks: this (to my mind hilarious) Awl essay entitled “The Vast Bay Leaf Conspiracy.”

And perhaps my all-time favorite comes from a Columbia Public Voices Fellow I worked with last year, who was irritated to find the free snack she was accustomed to receiving on U.S.-Asia flights had been eliminated. She sent me an email saying in essence: “The flight attendant was sympathetic and told me I should complain to corporate. But I had a better idea.” She attached a draft to what became this CNN op-ed.  Especially impressive is how she ties this minor annoyance to a much bigger issue as reflected in the headline, “What our airlines say about America.”


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The above is an excerpt from OpEd Project leader Amy Gutman’s weekly missive to our 20 Dartmouth Public Voices fellows

WRITE TO CHANGE THE WORLD, SEATTLE – MARCH 20, 2016

IMG_9166We were thrilled to have experts from across the city of Seattle and the Pacific Northwest join us for our Write to Change the World seminar in Seattle. We had epidemiology and policy specialists from Paul Allen’s social venture Vulcan Inc., members of The Washington Women’s Foundation, the Executive Director of the Nonprofit Assistance Center, staff from the Good Cheer Food Bank on Whidbey Island, faculty from Seattle University and more.

The participants discussed wide ranging and important issues of mosquito borne illnesses, protection of our national forests, the way that the arts contributes to healing, the importance of open government, the role of sustainability in business, eminent domain, and many other causes. We are so excited to hear their contributions to conversations in Seattle and beyond.

A special thanks to the Seattle Women’s Commission and Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt for hosting us today.

Do you want your voice to be heard?  Come see us in action. We run Write to Change the World seminars in 15 major U.S. cities on a rotating basis.  For more on our upcoming cities and dates, click here.

 

 

WRITE TO CHANGE THE WORLD, NYC – MARCH 19, 2016

Today’s Write to Change the World seminar in New York City brought together experts from a wide range of fields and organizations. The group included  faculty from Columbia, Indiana University and Wesleyan, a patient centered care specialist, a tech entrepreneur, a corporate strategist from IBM, a former policy advisor from the U.S. Department of State, a foreign policy leader and more. These participants are shaping the conversation around critical issues of the day, like sexual assault on college campus, how our kids understand the presidential election and national security. We look forward to hearing their voices influencing the public sphere in NYC and far beyond.

A special thanks to WeWork Soho West for hosting our day.

Do you want your voice to be heard?  Come see us in action. We run Write to Change the World seminars in 15 major U.S. cities on a rotating basis.  For more on our upcoming cities and dates, click here.

WRITE TO CHANGE THE WORLD – LOS ANGELES, MARCH 13, 2016

Twenty underrepresented experts gathered at the Impact Hub Los Angeles to explore themes of expertise, credibility and what it takes to create meaningful change on a large scale.

The program brought together scholars, social entrepreneurs, nonprofit leaders, freelancers and policy advocates from a range of organizations and institutions, including the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity, the University of California, the Ford Foundation, the Drug Policy Alliance and the Women’s Policy Institute.  We were also joined by our very first Kora Scholarship recipient Lisa Brewer, an expert in literature and analytical storytelling.  Others in the room are sparking conversation around homelessness, faculty diversity, criminal justice reform and effective education policy.

Do you want your voice to be heard?  Come see us in action. We run Write to Change the World seminars in 15 major U.S. cities on a rotating basis.  For more on our upcoming cities and dates, click here.

 

WRITE TO CHANGE THE WORLD LAUNCHES IN DETROIT – March 12, 2016

Today’s Write to Change the World program in Detroit brought together experts from all
over Michigan, who are working on issues around Islamophobia, K-12 Education, female leadership in the workplace, the effects of fatherlessness and more. We look forward to hearing their voices influencing the public sphere in Detroit and far beyond.

We were joined today by Dana Thompson, who is clinical professor of law at The University of Michigan and on the Board of Governors at Wayne State University. Dana is the founding director of the University of Michigan Law School’s Entrepreneurship Clinic where she represents University of Michigan student-led startup ventures.

A huge thanks to our partners at Bamboo Detroit for hosting our launch  today.

We run Write to Change the World seminars in 15 major U.S. cities on a rotating basis. Visit our website to find upcoming cities and dates.

      

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