One World Ideas x Action
One World’s mission has always been to find books for readers who want to rethink the past, understand the present, and imagine new futures. Ideas x Action is our virtual conversation series, taking One World’s mission into a new space at this crucial moment.

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“Anytime we worry we are dreaming too big, we remind each other that every unjust social institution in history seemed permanent until it was imagined otherwise.” —Valarie Kaur, author of See No Stranger

Join Valarie Kaur, civil rights lawyer, award-winning filmmaker, innovator, and founder of The Revolutionary Love Project, in conversation with One World editor-in-chief Chris Jackson, as they explore what it takes to reimagine—and then build—a more just and loving world, and how reimagining institutions and systems in a time of social upheaval can help us orient to this historical moment. Valarie will also read from her book See No Stranger, and readers can ask questions during the live Q&A.

8:00 PM EST
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V: Thursday, June 11

Freddie Gray’s death in 2015 shook his hometown of Baltimore, the United States, and the world at large. The ripple effects continue to this day, in the chants of protestors and the ever-louder demands for justice and reform. Join Wes Moore, author of the upcoming book Five Days, in conversation with One World editor-in-chief Chris Jackson as they talk about the pain of cataclysm, its potential to highlight the connections between us, and the lessons that Baltimore holds for the rest of our nation.

Wes Moore is the CEO of Robin Hood, one of the largest antipoverty nonprofits in the country. He is a bestselling author, a combat veteran, and a social entrepreneur. His first book, The Other Wes Moore, was a New York Times and The Wall Street Journal bestseller; his second book, The Work, was also a bestseller and featured in Oprah’s SuperSoul Sunday. He lives in his hometown of Baltimore with his wife and two children.

We are proud to partner with Robin Hood, an organization devoted to supporting food, housing, education, legal services, workforce development, and more to New Yorkers living in poverty across all five boroughs.

You can learn more about Robin Hood on their website, or across their social channels:
Twitter & IG: @robinhoodnyc

IV: Thursday, June 4

In 2014, Alicia Garza wrote a Facebook post that helped create a movement: “Black people. I love you. I love us. Our lives matter. Black lives matter.” Join Alicia and One World editor-in-chief Chris Jackson as they discuss the importance of resistance and resilience, and why they ground their work in a vision of collective humanity.

Alicia Garza is innovator, strategist, organizer, and cheeseburger enthusiast, she is the Principal at the Black Futures Lab, co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter and the Black Lives Matter Global Network, Strategy & Partnerships Director at the National Domestic Works Association, co-founder at Supermajority, host of the Lady Don’t Take No podcast, and author of the forthcoming book The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart (out in October 2020).

We are proud to partner with Color of Change for this event. Color Of Change is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. It helps people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us. As a national online force driven by 1.7 million members, it moves decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America.

You can learn more about color of change on their website, or across their social channels:
Twitter & IG: @colorofchange

III: Thursday, May 14

Inequality is a health crisis in America today. Join Ibram X. Kendi and Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha in conversation with One World senior editor Nicole Counts as they discuss why antiracism and fighting for the most vulnerable is more urgent than ever during a time of confusion and fear. Ibram X. Kendi is author of the bestselling How to Be an Antiracist and the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racism in America. Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is the crusading pediatrician whose research and advocacy helped bring the Flint water crisis to light, and author of What The Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City.

II: Thursday, April 30

Our second evening featured Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, writer, essayist, and author of The Undocumented Americans, a book praised by Selena Gomez, Eileen Myles, and The New York Times alike, and Quiara Alegría Hudes, a Tony Award– and Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright, and author of the forthcoming currently untitled memoir. They were in conversation with One World executive editor Elizabeth Méndez Berry about their work, and how art and storytelling can be forms of disruption, revelation, and nourishment in challenging times.

I: April 16

Our first evening featured Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of a number of bestselling books, including the modern classic Between the World and Me and, most recently, the #1 bestselling novel The Water Dancer, and Heather C. McGhee, former president of the Demos Foundation, one of our leading thinkers on economic and social policy, and author of the forthcoming book The Sum of Us. They were in conversation with One World editor-in-chief Chris Jackson about their work and this moment in our society; how we’ve gotten to here, what it means, and how we might start to think about the world we’ll make on the other side of it.