Today, alums from our “Write to Change the World” seminar joined us in New York City to continue building on the themes of expertise and influence that we explored during our core seminar.
We were joined by a wide span of alums – from the earliest days of The OpEd Project to brand new alums from yesterday’s Write to Change the World seminar. During the morning, participants shared the ways that they’ve participated in the public conversation since their initial OpEd Project experiences, from TV appearances, to op-eds, to using thought leadership to change policy. Chandra Bozelko, a 2014 alum, reported that she has published 25 op-eds since coming through the core seminar at outlets like The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and more. Three of her pieces have led to a trackable shift in the opinion of policy makers, causing them to vote differently on prison legislation than they would have otherwise.
Participants spent much of the day cross-pollinating ideas with their fellow alums. One of today’s thought experiments required participants to pool their knowledge and resources to generate an op-ed together in 15-minutes, based on an idea from participant Lynn Ellsworth. We can’t wait to see it published.
Shout out to WeWork Soho West Circle for hosting our 2-day DC weekend intensive program. WeWork provides small businesses, startups and freelancers with the workspace, community, and services they need.
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. Visit our website to find upcoming cities and dates.