Ideas at Ford

A conversation series that dives into complex social justice issues of our time

Coming Summer 2024

Hosted at the Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice by New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow, each episode features dynamic conversations on topical issues connected to the Foundation’s central mission to fight inequality. Speakers include industry experts, policymakers, social justice leaders, key commentators, and authors with bold visions for the future.

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Ideas at Ford with Charles Blow

“Ideas at Ford” is a conversation series that dives into complex social justice issues of our time, aiming to unpack solutions that enlighten and inspire. Hosted at the Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice by New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow, each episode features dynamic conversations on topical issues connected to the Foundation’s central mission to fight inequality. Speakers include industry experts, policymakers, social justice leaders, key commentators, and authors with bold visions for the future. This video is a promotional video for the conversation series.

Transcript begins.

[Charles Blow, a Black middle-aged man in a suit, walks into the Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice.]

CHARLES BLOW: We come to this place for ideas.

[Text on screen: This Summer Join the Conversation]

[Charles walks into an auditorium.]

CHARLES BLOW: When we come together, sharing our unique perspectives, we can spark inspiration, motivation, and change, because ideas shape the world. Join us for “Ideas at Ford,” a new series I’m hosting in partnership with the Ford Foundation. Right here, on this stage, I’ll be talking to leaders from around the globe, exploring the most complex social justice issues of our time—and the innovative solutions we need today. I hope you’ll tune in for ideas that enlighten, ideas that inspire, ideas that can transform the world.

[Ideas at Ford with Charles Blow. Coming Summer 2024. For more information visit: fordf.org/IdeasAtFord]

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Upcoming Ideas at Ford Conversations:

Equity in Women’s Sports

with Billie Jean King and Clara Wu Tsai

We’re witnessing the highest ratings in recent history for Women’s basketball, soccer, tennis, and more.  But, conversations about equity and pay still need more attention.  How can both athletes and fans work to ensure an equitable future for women’s sports?

The Heartland: Elevating Voices in Local Communities

with Kevin Bacon and Gabe Brown

Communities across America, especially in rural areas, have increasingly seen less money and more problems. With access to broadband, quality medical care, and good jobs dwindling the heartland of America urgently needs attention. Who are the changemakers in these areas and what are the opportunities we can’t afford to miss?

The Courage Fund

The #MeToo moment took the world by storm. Seven years later, we are examining what we can do as a culture to not only call out abuse but empower female and queer leaders to continue the work of enacting positive change for women, girls, and the queer community going forward?