Dream Big: Reinventing Journalism to Build Hope, Agency & Dignity

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Dream Big: Reinventing Journalism to Build Hope, Agency & Dignity

Join us for a conversation about the reinvention of journalism to support democracy and a more equitable and sustainable world.

By Cambridge Public Library Foundation

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Wednesday, March 29 · 5:30 - 8:30pm EDT


Cambridge Public Library 449 Broadway Cambridge, MA 02138

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  • 3 hours
  • Mobile eTicket


This is a HYBRID event, offered IN-PERSON and via LIVESTREAM.

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For LIVESTREAM tickets, please email info@cplfound.org.


5:30 PM - Reception (for in-person guests only)

6:30 PM - Program (in-person and livestream)


We are thrilled to bring the following trailblazing journalists to Cambridge for a discussion about the reinvention of journalism to support democracy and a more equitable and sustainable world.

David Bornstein is the CEO and co-founder of the Solutions Journalism Network, which is working to establish solutions journalism as an integral part of mainstream news. He has been a journalist, focusing primarily on social innovation, for 30 years. From 2010-21, he co-authored the “Fixes” column in The New York Times, which focused on social innovation. He is the author of: How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas, which has been published in 25 languages, The Price of a Dream: The Story of the Grameen Bank, and Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know.

Deborah D. Douglas is a senior lecturer and director of the newly created Midwest Solutions Journalism Hub at Northwestern University. She is a founding editor in chief of The Emancipator, a digital platform that reimagines abolitionist newspapers for a new day. She previously served as the Eugene S. Pulliam Distinguished Visiting Professor at DePauw University, senior leader with The OpEd Project, amplifying underrepresented expert voices, and founding managing editor of MLK50: Justice Through Journalism. Douglas is author of the U.S. Civil Rights Trail: A Traveler’s Guide to the People, Places, and Events That Made the Movement, the first-ever travel guide to follow the official civil rights trail in the South, and a contributor to Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019. Among her many recognitions, she received Chicago’s prestigious Studs Terkel Award and the Society of American Travel Writers 2021 Guidebook of the Year.

Amanda Ripley is a New York Times bestselling author, an investigative journalist and the co-founder of Good Conflict. Her books include: High Conflict: Why We Get Trapped and How We Get Out, The Smartest Kids in the World, and The Unthinkable. She writes for the Atlantic, the Washington Post, Politico and other outlets, and she hosts the weekly Slate podcast How To! Previously, Ripley spent a decade writing about human behavior for Time magazine in New York, Washington, and Paris.

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