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Journalists, social sector leaders and a famous speech writer share communications wisdom

In late October, journalists, social sector leaders and communications pros from around the world gathered in San Diego, California, to share insights and ideas for using the power of communications to drive social change.

Organizers of ComNet15, the annual conference of The Communications Network, made the conference keynotes accessible to the world via livestream, and now video recordings and transcripts are emerging.

Judy Belk, CEO of the California Wellness Foundation writes and speaks on social justice issues. Photo courtesy of the California Wellness Foundation.
Judy Belk, CEO of the California Wellness Foundation, writes and speaks on social justice issues. Photo courtesy of the California Wellness Foundation.

One keynote featured social sector CEOs like Judy Belk. Belk, who leads the California Wellness Foundation, writes and speaks on organizational ethics, race and social change. Her pieces have aired on National Public Radio and appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times including a recent personal Op-Ed piece about the California drought and water poverty.

Another keynote featured Clarence B. Jones, the speechwriter who helped Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. craft his iconic “I Have a Dream Speech” in 1963.  During Black History Month earlier this year, President Obama welcomed Jones to the White House.

In February, President Barack Obama met with Clarence Jones, the speechwriter who helped Martin Luther King, Jr. draft his iconic “I Have a Dream" (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
In February, President Barack Obama met with Clarence Jones, the speechwriter who helped Martin Luther King, Jr. draft his iconic “I Have a Dream” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

I will add links to the recorded videos and transcripts of the #ComNet15 keynotes  as they become available:

  • Soledad O’Brien,  an award-winning journalist, documentarian, news anchor and producer will be interviewed by Jade Floyd of the Case Foundation. 8:45 am, Oct 1. [Update: Transcripts and Video Recording]
  • Leading social sector CEOs in conversation with Stanford Social Innovation Review Managing Editor Eric Nee. 1:30 pm, Oct. 1. [Update: Transcripts and Video Recording]
    • Grant Oliphant, The Heinz Endowments
    • Judy Belk, California Wellness Foundation
    • Matt James, Next Generation
    • Dr. Sandra Hernandez, California Healthcare Foundation
    • Patrick McCarthy, The Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Elliott Kalan reflects on his work as head writer of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart with Kimberly A.C. Wilson of the Meyer Memorial Trust. 4:15 pm, Oct 1. [Update: Transcripts and Video Recording]
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speechwriter Clarence B. Jones reflects on the past and present with Jonathan Capehart of The Washington Post. 9 am, Oct 2. [Update: Transcripts and Video Recording]
  • Farhad Manjoo of The New York Times talks with Andrew Sherry of the Knight Foundation. 11:25 am, Oct 2. [Update: Transcripts and Video Recording]