On Wednesday, August 1st, Pursue held the final installment of its quarterly networking series, Meet the Change, and featured an opportunity to get to know the most skilled, innovative and thoughtful change makers yet: the Pursue community! (Photos by Naomi Ellenson.)
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(The Last Ever) Meet the Change: What Happens Next is Up to You!
When: Wednesday, August 1st at 7.00 pm.
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Next week, Pursuers in San Francisco will gather at Variety Children’s Charity of Northern California to explore how media can drive social change with the founder of Fostering Media Connections, Daniel Heimpel. As a preview, we asked Daniel a few questions about his work. Read his responses below, and please join us on Wednesday the 21st by RSVPing here!
How did you develop a passion for improving the foster care system?
Mentoring two young men as they transitioned out of foster care showed me that the system needed improvement. When I started writing stories that helped support reform efforts, I realized the power of those stories to help the lives of children. Once I realized that potential, I had little choice but to help.
What role can (or should) media play in social change work?
The media is critical. We are living in a time where anyone can broadcast anything at any moment. This gives us all a choice about what we will communicate. If a critical mass of us took up our media power to focus on communicating solutions to our vast societal problems, we could engender a revolution of thought that would lead to dramatic social change. Read more →
While I work as a Jewish professional on issues that are very important to me, I am not often involved in direct social justice action. This was on my mind as I attended my first Meet the Change event, and I was not quite sure what to expect. Fortunately, I found the evening to be an approachable way to learn more about the practical steps of becoming involved in a network that advocates for change.
This month’s Meet the Change shook things up a bit. Instead of focusing on one prominent change maker, the guest panel consisted of activists involved with Occupy Wall Street. Read more →
On February 28, 2012, Pursuers learned from the networking skills of Occupy participants Tammy Shapiro, Rachel Schragis, Elissa Vinnik, and Justin Wedes.
Photos by Sophia Moreno-Bunge.
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