Public Voices is a bold national initiative to dramatically increase the public impact of our nation’s top and most diverse thinkers. Launched by The OpEd Project, the initiative is designed as a radical experiment around knowledge, meaning and what it takes to become influential on a large scale. In addition to The Boone Family Foundation, which launched its inaugural Public Voices Greenhouse in 2015, more than a dozen leading foundations and universities including Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Texas Woman’s University, Northwestern and The Ford Foundation have launched Voices programs. Thus, participants completing the three-month Dallas Greenhouse will join a prestigious network of Public Voices alumni and alumnae, allowing for knowledge sharing and innovation across disciplines and institutions, and making this one of the most powerful networks for public impact in the nation.
Public Voices participants from previous years have had stunning results, generating outcomes with far-reaching implications in their fields. They have published in The New York Times, CNN, the influential TED blog and The Washington Post. They have appeared on CNN, CNBC, NPR Radio and other broadcast outlets; been featured in The New York Times magazine; given TED talks; and had their research animated by TED-Ed. They have briefed Congress, advised the White House, launched new research centers, driven funding to new social initiatives and shaped national and international debate and policy. They have collaborated on grants and launched new initiatives in the US and globally. The impact of their ideas entering the world has been expansive.
The Dallas Public Voices Greenhouse participants convene in person three times over the course of three months, for a highly creative, experimental training series designed to test the limits and uses of their knowledge, and what it takes to be influential on a large scale. In addition, participants join monthly calls with high-level media insiders (NYT, TED, CNN, Wikipedia, etc.), receive weekly virtual support and news alerts and are assigned to work with top journalist mentors for dedicated one-on-one coaching.