New details announced for Solutions Summit:
Registration now open for half-day forums and December 10 Summit
BALTIMORE – Open Society Institute-Baltimore proudly announces the full schedule for Solutions Summit, an effort to bring together community leaders, elected officials, issue-area experts, on-the-ground activists and concerned residents in order to come up with practical solutions to some of Baltimore’s most intractable issues. The purpose of the Summit is to discuss and agree on an action plan to present to the new mayor and city council.
The public effort begins with three half-day forums focused on key issues:
|Behavioral Health Forum||Oct. 1 at the War Memorial Building, 9am to 12:30pm
|Criminal and Juvenile Justice Forum||Oct. 22 at Real News Network, 9am to 12:30pm
|Jobs Forum||Oct. 29 at the War Memorial Building, 9am to 12:30pm (Free Registration)|
At the Summit, the recommendations that come out of those forums will be debated and those in attendance will collectively vote on the priorities for our new leadership:
Dec. 10 at the War Memorial Building, 9:30am to 4pm (Free Registration)
The Summit was created to build on the energy and ideas that came out of the Baltimore Uprising. Many events over the past 18 months have focused on the deeply entrenched problems in Baltimore. The Summit is an attempt to pivot and focus instead on solutions.
The Summit comes at a crucial moment for Baltimore. On November 8th,Baltimore will elect a new mayor and at least 8 out of 15 new city council members. The Summit aims to seize this opportunity to focus our new leadership on the priorities that are most important to the community. After the Summit, OSI-Baltimore and partners will publicly monitor the mayor and city council’s progress on those priorities.
The Summit will include a keynote address from Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund (LDF). Ifill, a longtime resident of Baltimore and established civil rights champion, is on the OSI-Baltimore Advisory Board and the Open Society Foundations Global Board.
It will also include presentations and discussions of potential priorities in each of the three key issue areas. At the end of each section, using mobile technology, those assembled will vote on the priorities they think are most important. The Summit will also be a celebration of civic participation, with spoken word and musical performances, art on display and food.
VOTE on November 8th, then JOIN US on December 10th to help shape Baltimore’s future.