The OpEd Project – It’s On Us!

“Whoever tells the story … writes history”

We’re back! And after the year we just had there isn’t a more important time for anthropology to be front and center. We have a world of information the world needs to know, and now there’s an opportunity for you to add to the national and international conversations that affect all of us.

This fall, the American Anthropological Association is once again offering 20 members the opportunity to take part in “Write to Change the World” workshops organized and facilitated by The Op-Ed Project – a think tank and leadership organization that accelerates the ideas and impact of underrepresented voices. They are a community of journalists and thought leaders who actively share knowledge, resources, and connections with stunning results. The workshops are 100% virtual with participants joining across an enormous range of identities, voices, and ideas.

Programs are based on time-tested models of transformational learning. Games, high-stakes scenarios, and live experiments challenge participants to think in new and bigger ways. You will explore the source of credibility; the patterns and elements of persuasion; the difference between being “right” and being effective; and how to think bigger about what you know—to have more impact in the world. Participants emerge with concrete results (op-ed drafts and more), and access to a national network of journalist mentors for individual follow-up.

Expenses for those selected include registration fees for the workshop. AAA will also arrange for special “coaches/mentors” to provide participants with feedback on topics, drafts, and placement choices post-workshop.

To be considered, please submit by August 11:

  • Your background and contact information
  • A short – 750 words or less – writing sample aimed for a general audience (it doesn’t have to be a published piece)
  • A brief paragraph on why this workshop matters to you and how it will make a difference

Please send all information to Jeff Martin.

It’s time we published our anthropological scholarship and expertise so that our leaders and the public get the information and ideas they need to make the best decisions. Op-eds aren’t the only answer, but they’re a great start to an increased public awareness of the important contributions made by our field. As the Op-Ed Project states, “We believe the best ideas, regardless of where they come from, should have a chance to be heard and change the world.”