Meet the Change: What Happens Next is Up to You!
How do you bring change-making to the forefront? What does it mean to create a network that’s changing the world? Learn from folks who are making it happen.
When: Wednesday, March 21, at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:30.
Come early for dinner and schmoozing. $15 includes dinner and event, RSVP required (below). $5 event only.
Where: Variety Childrens Charity of Northern California
Variety Screening Room & Lounge
582 Market Street, Suite 101, San Francisco, CA 94104
Located in the historic Hobart Building and just steps from the Montgomery Street BART/Muni station
Why: Meet Fostering Media Connections (FMC) founder and project director, journalist-gone-rogue Daniel Heimpel. Come hear how Daniel successfully uses solution-based media tools to educate and drive change, influence policy, and generate public and political will. FMC uses media exposure to raise communal awareness, buy-in and investment of resources in the foster care issue. Daniel will discuss the tools and tactics he uses to inspire a movement bent on putting children first, including how to apply these tools to your own work for social change in your areas of interest.
Why else: To meet a whole host of other awesome change-makers, such as yourself!
About our featured change-maker:
After years of covering foster care and mentoring two young men in the system, Daniel realized that to make lasting and wide ranging change would require a long-term strategy. In response, Daniel developed Fostering Media Connections: a media-driven, grassroots movement to improve the foster care system. His methods include produced media (blog posts, op-eds, TV and radio appearances, webinars, video stories, research, and social media campaigns), events (summits, town halls, press conferences, and rallies), as well as non-media based tactics (coalition building, creating alliances and mobilizing an active and growing volunteer corps). Daniel has written and produced stories about foster care for Newsweek, the Huffington Post, Current TV and the San Jose Mercury News among many others. This coverage has garnered journalism awards from the Children’s Advocacy Institute, The Los Angeles Press Club and the Child Welfare League of America among others.
In a January 26, 2012 article written for the j. Jewish news weekly, Daniel says, “I have become increasingly single-minded in my efforts to improve foster care and make the case for a child-first political movement. This ever-growing and consuming passion is derived from many places: One is that I am wary of injustice, and another is the DNA of suffering that I consider the essence of what makes me a Jew.” You can read more of Daniel’s work here.
About Meet the Change
Meet the Change is Pursue’s ongoing networking series. It is an open invitation to change-makers from across the spectrum: teachers and students, social workers and social entrepreneurs, artists and lawyers, investors and innovators, organizers, educators, and agitators – anyone and everyone seeking co-conspirators for activating their Jewish and social justice values. Each event presents the efforts of a featured change-maker while encouraging attendees to connect with one another around their own ideas, desires, and plans for making change. Previous Meet the Change events featured Eli Zigas, food activist; Leora Wolf-Prusan; Naomi Starkman and CivilEats.com; and David Evan Harris and the Global Lives Project.