Big Change Baltimore 2014

October 27, 2014
3:30 - 6:00 pm EDT


Big Change: Reasons Why Baltimore Keeps Getting Better

Diana Morris, Director of the Opening Society Institute-Baltimore, says the city is connecting new ideas in education, health care, and crime.

Orange Is the New Black: Entertainment or Activism?

Orange is the New Black author Piper Kerman argues mass media can help end mass incarceration. 

Freeman Hrabowski: Don't 'Sugarcoat' Poverty

Freeman Hrabowski, President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, argues the likelihood of getting out of poverty in the U.S. is too low and too misunderstood.

Ian Haney López: Politics 'Polarized' by Race

Ian Handley López, author of Dog Whistle Politics, shares statistics that show Republicans and Democrats depend on voters deeply divided by race.

Maria Broom: Shame Won't Stop Bullying, Compassion Will

Storyteller Maria Broom, author of The Village Bully, says that tradition and compassion, rather than shame and punishment, can help end bullying.

Police Brutality Destroys 'Humanity' of Black America

David Miller, Co-Founder of the Urban Leadership Institute, describes instances of police brutality in Baltimore and why young black men are "at war."

About this conference

Everything is connected. That's why OSI-Baltimore knows that the sticky issues we tackle are all intertwined. And these issues need smart solutions because, as a city, we're all connected. What happens to one of us affects all of us. More opportunity for every child and adult means Baltimore can thrive and grow. Big Change Baltimore is OSI's forum for connecting ideas-and some solutions already in place-to people who are committed to powerful change.

About OSI-Baltimore

As the only field office for the Open Society Foundations’ U.S. Programs, Open Society Institute-Baltimore focuses on the root causes of three intertwined problems in our city and state: drug addiction, an overreliance on incarceration and obstacles that keep youth from succeeding both inside and outside the classroom. We also support a growing corps of social entrepreneurs committed to underserved populations in Baltimore. Before we make a single grant, we analyze the root causes of a problem and examine research and innovative practices aimed at tackling the problem. Because we aim for lasting, sustainable solutions, we engage public and private partners from the start. It is only then, with a clear picture of the problem, that we begin to focus our approach and diligently craft a road map for change.

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