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1 Day
12 Visionary Speakers
500 Attendees
1 incredible musical performance
...and a rockin‘ afterparty.

This Is Big Change Baltimore

  • Cyrus Chestnut Cyrus Chestnut

    Performance by world-renowned jazz pianist Cyrus  Chestnut!

    Heralded by the New York Daily News as the rightful heir to Bud Powell, Art Tatum and Erroll Garner, Cyrus Chestnut has earned a reputation for his skillful versatility, his ability for blending sounds and for unabashedly bringing gospel into the club performances he gives. Read more about him »

IF YOU CARE ABOUT THE CITY Some big ideas are already taking root right here—let's increase the pace and unfold the future now.

  • Henry Cisneros

    Cities like Baltimore can reinvent themselves: When leaders in all sectors work together, the promise of advancing social justice and economic equity becomes a reality.

    Henry Cisneros, Chairman of CityView companies, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and former Mayor of San Antonio, Texas, will talk about a framework for action and some of the best replicable ideas that make big change real. Watch Henry Cisneros' Video »

  • Van Jones Van Jones

    Change here doesn’t have to be just a dream: Connecting business-minded solutions and private-sector leadership to progressive goals.

    Van Jones, new co-host of CNN's re-launch of Crossfire and president of Rebuild the Dream, has been named one of our nation’s most constructive policy leaders. He is an environmental advocate, civil rights activist, and attorney. Watch Van Jones' Video » See more videos »

  • Shankar Vedantam Shankar Vedantam

    It's not always what you think: How our unconscious brain makes the best of us act in inappropriate ways.

    NPR Science Correspondent, author of The Hidden Brain, and prize-winning writer on the effects of the unconscious mind on human behavior, Shankar Vedantam will share fascinating insights about how our actions and opinions may not always jibe with what we consciously think. Watch Shankar Vedantam's Video »

  • Pedro Noguera Pedro Noguera

    Building on the momentum: How Baltimore can build on its success and transform public education.

    Pedro Noguera one of America's most important voices on school reform, diversity and the achievement gap, is the Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University. He will discuss cultivating intellectual talent in children no matter what their background or neighborhood is. Watch Pedro Noguera's Video »

  • Sherrilyn Ifill Sherrilyn Ifill

    Challenging our history: Can Baltimore become more just and equitable given our past?

    An outspoken national commentator on civil rights issues, Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, professor at the University of Maryland School of Law and member of the OSI-Baltimore Board and the Open Society Foundations' U. S. Programs Board, will discuss the opportunity for equity and justice to become a reality. Watch Sherrilyn Ifill’s Video »

  • Dick Cass Dick Cass

    Can winning create change in Baltimore? Football is more than just the color purple.

    Dick Cass, president of the Baltimore Ravens, will talk about how winning the 2013 Super Bowl brought together a city that is often stratified. Learn about how the notion of winning can lead to real wins for those in the city who need opportunities and second chances. Read An Interview With Dick Cass »

  • Chris Stone Chris Stone

    Baltimore vs. the world: Sharing local solutions and challenges to create global opportunity and synergy.

    An public intellectual and international expert on criminal justice reform and on nonprofit leadership, Chris Stone is president of the Open Society Foundations. He'll explore how Baltimore can share successful solutions and obstinate challenges with other cities in the U.S. and the world, to be part of a tidal wave of change for opportunity and justice. More about Chris Stone »

  • Lawrence Brown Lawrence Brown

    What does football have to do with healthcare?

    Lawrence Brown is a 2012 OSI-Baltimore Community Fellow, with a PhD in Health Outcomes and Policy Research. His project, You’re the Quarterback: Gameplan for Life, provides support services to up to 150 men using football as an active metaphor to overcome barriers to employment and increases access to services, including health insurance. More about Lawrence Brown »

  • Meshelle Meshelle

    Doing good doesn’t have to be serious!

    Meshelle is a comedienne, blogger and a 2010 OSI-Baltimore Community Fellow. In her project, GoalDIGGERS: The Sankofa Project, teenage girls discover their roots through DNA to bolster their identity and self-esteem. More about Meshelle »

  • Bashi Rose Bashi Rose

    How can theater help men who are in or coming out of prison?

    Bashi Rose, a 2012 OSI-Baltimore Community Fellow. Through his project, Direct Responses Alleviate Misdirected Aggression Program (DRAMA), he uses theater and film as tools to negate conflict in high schools and prisons. More about Bashi Rose »

  • Ken Zimmerman

    How can social equity help to build thriving cities?

    Ken Zimmerman is the director of US Programs for the Open Society Foundations. A lawyer with more than two decades of leadership in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, he has devoted his career to justice and equality, focusing on access to opportunity for people of color and low-income communities. More about Ken Zimmerman »

  • Babatunde Salaam

    What can students teach Baltimore Police?

    Babatunde Salaam, a student filmmaker at Morgan State University, developed his skills at New Lens, an organization founded by 1999 Baltimore Community Fellow Rebecca Yenawine. He is a recipient of the 2013 national Peace First Prize. More about Babatunde Salaam »

  • Tom Hall (moderator) Tom Hall

    Tom Hall (moderator) has been a dynamic force in Maryland's creative community for over 30 years as a performer, broadcaster, lecturer, writer, and educator. He is the Arts & Culture Editor for Maryland Morning and the host of Choral Arts Classics on WYPR.

  • Joe Jones (moderator) Joe Jones

    Joe Jones (moderator), founder and CEO of the Center For Urban Families, is a leader in workforce development, fatherhood and family services programming. Through his professional and civic involvement, he influences policy direction nationwide. He is also a member of the OSI-Baltimore Advisory Board.

  • Diana Morris (moderator) Diana Morris

    Diana Morris (moderator), a life-long social justice advocate, has led the Open Society Institute-Baltimore since the office opened 15 years ago. She was recently named as one of the Daily Record’s Most Admired CEOs.

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Big Change Baltimore


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$125 per person
$75 for non-profit staff
$500 for five (5) tickets

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Event Info

October 29, 2013 | 1-7PM
Doors Open At 12:15

Center Stage
700 N. Calvert St
Baltimore MD 21202


  • 12:15 Doors Open
  • 1:00 Session One
  • 2:30 Session Two*
  • 4:30 Session Three*
  • 6:15 Reception

*For the best experience, come for the entire afternoon. Exact times subject to change.

Big Change Is Coming 10.29.13

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October 29, 2013
Doors Open At 12:15
Center Stage 700 N. Calvert St Baltimore MD 21202

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Mass Transit

Find the best public transportation route to Center Stage at the MTA’s website. Center Stage is just two blocks from the free Charm City Circulator’s purple line.


Parking Lots and Garages (grey tear-drops on map)
Listed closest to furthest

LAZ Garage (formerly the Baltimore Sun Garage)
209 E. Monument Street - $10 all day

Parking Management (under the Waterloo Apartments)
600 block of Calvert Street ($10.50 a day)

Central Parking
810 N. Charles Street - $10.00 a day

Edison ParkFast and Fallsway Park and Ride
545 N. High Street - $3.50 a day

Street Parking (blue squares on map)
Parking near Center Stage is a mix of metered ($2 an hour) and 2 hour neighborhood parking (Area 28). Directly across Calvert Street from Center Stage (east side only) is one block of unrestricted parking. The block directly north (east side only) is also unrestricted.


Coming in from out of town? We’d recommend the following hotels.

Hotel Monaco
2 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Peabody Court Hotel
612 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Embassy Suites Baltimore - Downtown
222 St. Paul Place
Baltimore, Maryland 21202