Podcast: To Free the Captives: A Plea for the American Soul

In this episode Director john. a. powell talked to Tracy K. Smith about her new book, To Free the Captives. powell and Smith discussed Smith's term as a Poet Laureate for the United States and how she has used poetry to create feelings of belonging...

How foundations can apply Targeted Universalism

On November 7, 2023, Director john. a. powell addressed five hundred foundations from all over Michigan about how targeted universalism can and should play out in education and philanthropy. powell also used this opportunity to explain his framework...

john a. powell's presentation at the ChangeMakers Conference

During this year's ChangeMakers Conference, on October 19, 2023, Director john a. powell presented to more than 600 corporate and nonprofit leaders on Belonging Without Othering. Download the slidedeck here . And watch a recording of the talk here .

The Power of Belonging in Supporting Move from Loss and Grief to Healing, Resilience and Recovery

On September 27, 2023, OBI Director john a. powell was a featured panelist in a monthly forum hosted by the Boston COVID Recovery Cohort (BCRC) to support those affected by long COVID and highlight systemic issues that impact health equity.

Our Shared Struggle: The International Imperative for Repair

On September 16, 2023, OBI director was a featured speaker in a forum hosted by the de Young Museum as part of the Kehinde Wiley Speaker Series (organized around the exhibition of Kehinde Wiley’s An Archaeology of Silence). The event, moderated by...

Beloved Community Talks: End The Housing Crisis

On July 25, 2023 OBI Research Director Stephen Menendian participated in an online panel hosted by the King Center that explored solutions to the housing crisis. He talked about the need to invest more in multi-family housing.

Video: Unpacking Racialization, Intersectionality, and Community

On Wednesday, July 19, OBI Research Director Stephen Menendian presented on structural racism as the closing keynote for the National Academy of Medicine's Culture of Health Programs special event, "Systems Impact: Unpacking Racialization...

#BeLoveDay 2023 Virtual Experience

On July 14, 2023 OBI Research Director Stephen Menendian participated in an online panel hosted by the King Center on the occasion of #BeLoveDay 2023. He talked about the need for inclusive story telling in which everyone is recognized, and not to...

Video: Conversation on Belonging, with john a. powell

On May 30, 2023 -- San Diegans gathered at the Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center for a "Conversation on Belonging" with UC Berkeley Professor john a. powell. Download a copy of the slidedeck .

Understanding Othering and Belonging, with john a. powell

On April 28, 2023, Director john a. powell was interviewed by Soren Gordhamer as part of Wisdom 2.0: Together in San Francisco, in partnership with Fetzer Institute and Unlikely Collaborators.

Video: Why We Need to Build and Bridge

OBI Director john powell gives a response to Eboo Patel's talk with additional reflections on the needs and challenges of bridging work and the potential and perceived tensions between "bridging" and justice. Also joining the conversation is GGSC...

Towards a third Reconstruction, featuring john a. powell

On Friday April 14, OBI Director powell spoke on an the afternoon panel entitled “ Beyond War on Crime/Towards a Third Reconstruction .” Professor powell spoke about the promise of both the first and second reconstructions, as well as the challenges...

The Belonging Barometer: The State of Belonging in America

On April 12, 2023, OBI director john a. powell was a featured panelist in a webinar introducing Over Zero and the American Immigration Council’s Belonging Barometer—as well as reporting the results of a national survey which featured the Barometer...

Beyond Equity: Unpacking Targeted Universalism

On March 8, 2023, Director john a. powell led a discussion on targeted universalism at the Leadership Learning Series hosted by the Institute for Nonprofit Practice. During the session, powell first discussed the concept, explored how it can help...

john a. powell in conversation with Isabel Wilkerson about her book, 'Caste'

OBI Director john a. powell on February 17, 2023 interviewed Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson at San Francisco's Sydney Goldstein Theater about her most recent book, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents . Hosted by City Arts & Lectures...

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The Shadow Constitution

Download article . The United States Constitution is the foundation of American law and one of the most venerated documents in the American political community. Although most constitutional scholarship focuses on the meaning of the more heavily...
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Book Talk: Before Gentrification

Register About: Dr. Golash-Boza's book Before Gentrification: The Creation of DC's Racial Wealth Gap explores how redlining, incarceration, anti-blackness, and gentrification have resulted in DC becoming an extremely unequal city. Join us for a book talk and panel discussion with...

Migration Policy

In late 2023, the European Union’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell forecasted that 2024 would be the year of fear. Borrell expressed his concern that Europeans’ fears would lead them to elect the far right en masse. In that respect, he is probably...