ACCELERATING IDEAS – NYC, December 4, 2016

Today in New York City, 23 OpEd Project Alums gathered to explore the theme of CONNECTION. We connected the dots between disparate ideas, fields, geographies and time periods. We explored the source of truly innovative thinking (where do good ideas come from?) and tested our ideas about time and timeliness. We looked for unlikely yet authentic connections across people, time, and space – and new ways in which our knowledge intersects with public events.

This was a special weekend for The OpEd Project. On December 3 & 4, over 150 people in 3 cities will joined us for “Write to Change the World” and for this advanced seminar on accelerating ideas through connection. Follow along on Twitter, where participants tweeted why they came and what they learned with the hashtag #writetochangetheworld.

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 3, 2016

Today we gathered 20 experts in Chicago to explore themes of expertise, credibility and what it takes to create meaningful change in the world. We were honored to share the space with these brilliant minds.

This is a special weekend for The OpEd Project. On December 3 & 4, over 150 people in 3 cities will join us for “Write to Change the World” and for an advanced seminar on accelerating ideas through connection. Follow along on Twitter, where participants are tweeting why they’re here and what they’ve learned with the hashtag #writetochangetheworld.

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.

    Twenty-four San Francisco experts convened today at the ACLU of Northern California for our last #WritetoChangetheWorld seminar of 2016. Together we conducted a live experiment in credibility, made a compelling case for our causes and determined what it takes to create meaningful change in the world. It was an honor to be in a room with so many brilliant minds.

    Follow along with us this weekend — we’re in Chicago, New York City and San Francisco –on Twitter with the hashtag #WritetoChangetheWorld.
    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, December 3, 2016

    Today we gathered 23 experts in New York City to explore themes of expertise, credibility and what it takes to create meaningful change in the world. We were honored to share the space with these brilliant minds.

    This is a special weekend for The OpEd Project. On December 3 & 4, over 150 people in 3 cities will join us for “Write to Change the World” and for an advanced seminar on accelerating ideas through connection. Follow along on Twitter, where participants are tweeting why they’re here and what they’ve learned with the hashtag #writetochangetheworld.

    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.

    The fire next time is now

    fist“Despair is no answer. To combat authoritarianism, to call out lies, to struggle honorably and fiercely in the name of American ideals — that is what is left to do. That is all there is to do.” — George Orwell

    If the world ever needed your thought-leadership, it sure does need it now. Regardless of how you voted, we are about to undergo a massive paradigm shift, a rethinking of the purpose of government and what it means to be a democracy. If you believe, as David Remnick at the New Yorker said, this election result is a triumph of misogyny, racism, nativism and authoritarianism, you need to be deeply tapped into the value of your knowledge and experience as the antidote. If you believe this result presents opportunities to reshape institutions or perhaps explore notions of what strong states’ rights really looks like in modern society, we’ll need your analysis. Practically speaking, many of the issues on the table such as the Affordable Care Act, reproductive rights, economic access, criminal justice reform and immigration speak directly to your areas of expertise. And because nothing is new under the sun, Teresa, Michele, Chelsea, Katie and entire The OpEd Project movement sincerely need your expert context, perspective and lived experiences to explain what’s at stake and our role in it.

    Help us to understand.

    I’ll leave you with these thoughts from J.t. Roane, my friend and an alum of The OpEd Project at Columbia University: “The gloves been off, but it just got really nasty. Art, beauty and radical organizing is all we have. The fire next time is now.”

    Periodically we share wisdom from our team with our community. The above letter was sent as a weekly missive to the Public Voices Fellowship cohort at The Ms. Foundation from leader Deborah Douglas.

     

     

    WRITE TO CHANGE THE WORLD – DC, November 5, 2016

    Today we gathered experts in Washington, D.C. to explore themes of expertise, credibility and what it takes to create meaningful change in the world. We were honored to share the space with these brilliant minds.

    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.