The OpEd Project: Write to Change the World Workshop

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Join Habitat Texas and leaders from across the country for the OpEd Project’s Write To Change The World two-day workshop this May! The core curriculum is built on time-tested models of transformational learning, thinking with purpose, and changing minds. Games, high-stakes scenarios and live “thought experiments” will challenge participants to think in new and bigger ways about what they know, why it matters, and how to use it. We’ll explore the source of credibility and how to establish it (quickly); the patterns and elements of persuasion; the difference between being “right” and being effective; how to preach beyond the choir; how to escape a pigeonhole; how to address opposition and build consensus; and how to think bigger. In multi-day programs, we will also have a chance to debrief on what kept us up overnight, explore our underlying framework for thinking with purpose (“Mattering”), and we will also workshop the ideas and drafts that participants created on the previous day and fleshed out overnight—dramatically increasing their ability to exchange ideas with each other, and also their odds of success in publication. Time permitting, we will discuss strategies for pitching, and may also guide participants in triangulation exercises to think more expansively about their expertise. Each participant will learn to make a bold case for their ideas, whether in an op-ed in print or online, on TV, at a PTA meeting, before a board of directors, to potential funders, or on the steps of Congress. Participants will have ongoing access to The OpEd Project national network of journalist mentors, for individual feedback on their op-ed drafts.

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Write to Change the World Workshop
Join Habitat Texas and leaders from across the country for the OpEd Project's Write To Change The World two-day workshop this May! The core curriculum is built on time-tested models of transformational learning, thinking with purpose, and changing minds. Games, high-stakes scenarios and live “thought experiments” will challenge participants to think in new and bigger ways about what they know, why it matters, and how to use it. We’ll explore the source of credibility and how to establish it (quickly); the patterns and elements of persuasion; the difference between being “right” and being effective; how to preach beyond the choir; how to escape a pigeonhole; how to address opposition and build consensus; and how to think bigger. In multi-day programs, we will also have a chance to debrief on what kept us up overnight, explore our underlying framework for thinking with purpose (“Mattering”), and we will also workshop the ideas and drafts that participants created on the previous day and fleshed out overnight—dramatically increasing their ability to exchange ideas with each other, and also their odds of success in publication. Time permitting, we will discuss strategies for pitching, and may also guide participants in triangulation exercises to think more expansively about their expertise. Each participant will learn to make a bold case for their ideas, whether in an op-ed in print or online, on TV, at a PTA meeting, before a board of directors, to potential funders, or on the steps of Congress. Participants will have ongoing access to The OpEd Project national network of journalist mentors, for individual feedback on their op-ed drafts.

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