WRITE TO CHANGE THE WORLD, NYC – February 6, 2016

Processed with VSCOcam with m5 presetToday’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 the Founding Director of Catapult, a stand-up comedian, educators from the Riverdale Country School, a geriatrician, a member of the Vermont House of Representatives, faculty from Columbia University, and more.

We were thrilled to have Ann MacDougall, President of Encore.org (and OpEd Project office neighbor!) in the room today. Encore.org is building a movement to tap the skills and experience of those in midlife and beyond to improve communities and the world.

FullSizeRender (24)Dhakir Warren, Senior Manager of Social Innovation at Hunt Alternatives, also joined the seminar. Dhakir is one of 40 Hunt Alternatives affiliated participants that are attending Write to Change the World seminars across the country in 2016. Hunt Alternatives has contributed more than $100 million to social change through a blend of grantmaking and operating programs. They work specifically to combat the demand for purchased sex through the CEASE Network (or Cities Empowered Against Sexual Exploitation). The Network is a collaboration of pioneering cities committed to reducing sex-buying by 20 percent in two years. Though our partnership with Hunt Alternatives, The OpEd Project reaching members of the CEASE network in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas Denver, Oakland and Seattle.

Do you want your voice to be heard? Come see us in action. We run Write to Change the World seminars in 10 major U.S. cities on a rotating basis. Visit our website to find upcoming cities and dates.

Write to Change the World — Seattle January 30, 2016

We are thrilled to be back in Seattle for The OpEd Project’s first public program of 2016.

Today’s seminar brought together entrepreneurs, activists, doctors, artists and non-profit leaders from around the Seattle, Portland and Vancouver,BC. These brilliant minds are shaping the conversation around a wide range of topics, such as health equity at universities, combatting the demand for prostitution, how we handle environmental crisis — and much more. We can’t wait to see the change and impact brought about by their voices, in the Pacific Northwest and far beyond.

We were joined today by Dr. Gina Neff, an Associate Professor of Communication and a Senior Data Science Fellow in the eScience Institute at the University of Washington. Dr. Neff studies the contemporary economics of media production and the political economy of communication by examining the relationship between work and technology in high-tech and media industries.

A special thanks to our partners at The Pioneer Collective for hosting the seminar in Seattle today.

 
    

 

 

 
    

 

 

 

Training the next generation of activists with the Center for Reproductive Rights

This week, the Center for Reproductive Rights and the Young People For the American Way Fellowship joined forces to bring student activists from across the country together in Washington, DC to explore the importance of having a public voice to make meaningful change through our OpEd Project Write to Change the World 1-day workshop.
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For more than 20 years, the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) has used the law to advance reproductive freedom as a fundamental human right. CRR is especially committed to supporting and engaging the next generation of  reproductive rights advocates, and in yesterday’s program they sponsored 20 fellows from the Young People for the American Way (YP4) Fellowship to participate in our Write to Change the World workshop.  The YP4 Fellowship is a leadership development program that helps a diverse set of student leaders turn their ideas into actions that advance social change on their campuses and in their communities.

yp4 pngThe participants — students from universities and colleges across the country — were identified as strong spokespeople for the movement for reproductive rights, health, and justice. The day was led by OpEd Project Senior Leaders Deborah Douglas and Michele Weldon who led participants in live experiments in credibility, explored the differences in being right and being effective, and pushed themselves to think bigger so that we can have greater influence and value in the world. We were thrilled and honored to work with these exceptional young activists and can’t wait to see what they do next.

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WRITE TO CHANGE THE WORLD — AUSTIN, DECEMBER 12, 2015

IMG_1451_2Today marked the launch of our Write to Change the World program in Austin, Texas, in collaboration with the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin). Participants included UT Austin faculty and staff, as well as community leaders in the Central Texas area.

We were honored to be joined by Dr. Nora de Hoyos Comstock,the founder of Las Comadres Para Las Americas– an organization with 20,000 members, and chapters in 100 cities and 28 states. Las Comadres Para Las Americas facilitates informal gatherings aimed at empowering Latina leaders through community building, networking and continued learning.

A special thanks to our partners at UT Austin’s John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies and the Center for Mexican American Studies for helping us bring together a group of brilliant experts working to change the conversation on issues of public value.

Today’s program also marks our final Write to Change the World seminar of 2015. This year, we’ve held 38 public programs in 15 cities, with over 700 participants joining our mission to make the public sphere more inclusive and more intelligent. We’ve expanded our community to include experts in Austin, Denver, Seattle and Dallas. A big thanks to our 2015 Write to Change the World alums — we can’t wait to see what 2016 holds in store.

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, DECEMBER 6, 2015

Eighteen underrepresented experts gathered today at the Impact Hub Los Angeles to explore themes of expertise, credibility and what it takes to create meaningful change in the world.

The program brought together scholars, social entrepreneurs, nonprofit leaders and community activists from a wide range of organizations and institutions, including the University of Southern California, the University of California Los Angeles, the Journalism and Women Symposium, and St. Mary’s Medical Center.  Experts in the room are shaping the conversation around science diversity, incarcerated women, domestic violence research and making work more accessible for people with disabilities.

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, Chicago — December 6, 2015

Today’s Write to Change the World program brought together experts from the Chicagoland area, working on a breadth of issues including gender and migration, access to quality education, feminist theology and storytelling in the medical field. We look forward to hearing their voices influencing the public sphere in Chicago and far beyond.

We were excited to have Daniel Anello, CEO of New Schools for Chicago, in the room today. New Schools for Chicago  ensures that smart and effective policies are working in the best interest of families seeking quality school options. Founded in 2004, New Schools for Chicago has opened and supported more than 80 new schools, including charter and district-run schools.

Today marked our final Write to Change the World program in Chicago of 2015.  Over 100 changemakers and shakers came through our six Chicago public programs this year. A special thanks to all our brilliant alums–we can’t wait to see what you accomplish in 2016!

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.