Freedom of Expression
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About Minds Wide Open

Minds Wide Open builds cutting-edge publications by and for youth exposed to conflict

 

Youth living in areas of conflict suffer from intense exposure to propaganda, misleading media reports, censorship, and the absence of a free press. This unfortunate situation reinforces false narratives and discourages independent or critical thinking and therefore perpetuates separation of cultures and a limited worldview. This encourages self-censorship and can result in violence, racism and bigotry and apathy towards peace building.

Through hands-on projects or in-class workshops, WMO’s task is to help activist youth not only promote tolerance but practice tolerance. We can help build robust journalism programs and newspapers/websites for youth located in areas exposed to conflict as a tool to express their life challenges non-violently, accurately, and truthfully and to help promote peace building and a pluralistic worldview.

 

Free societies are societies in which the right of dissent is protected.
— Natan Sharansky

What do we do?

Give the tools to express life’s challenges accurately and truthfully

 

Watch 2:40 video to learn more about MWO classroom training and speakers.

What are your thoughts about Freedom of Expression?

54%
of Americans think the government should not be allowed to spy on citizens in order to catch terrorists
33%
of Americans can't name any of the First Amendment freedoms
70%
of Americans think that news media reports with bias
60%
of Americans think that students should be able to express negative opinions about teachers on social media without punishment
Courtesy Newseum Institute

MWO builds robust journalism programs for youth exposed to conflict

Here’s a glimpse at a few pilot programs

Youth Publications / Digital and Print

Youth Publications / Digital and Print

Classroom Workshops on Freedom of Expression

Classroom Workshops on Freedom of Expression

High School Human Rights Campaigns

High School Human Rights Campaigns

On my Radar

Lindsay Shepherd, my hero

Lindsay Shepherd, my hero

Nov 21 2017

Below are some audio highlights from the reprimanding session between a graduate student, Lindsay Shepard and her supervising faculty at Wilfrid Laurier…

MWO back in action after break

MWO back in action after break

Oct 13 2017

After working on a lengthy research and editing project during the spring and summer, MWO will be working on new projects advocating…

MWO celebrates Free Speech Week, partners with NK defectors

MWO celebrates Free Speech Week, partners with NK defectors

Nov 20 2016

Jackson Hole, Wyoming – In celebration of national Free Speech Week (October 17-21, 2016, www.freespeechweek.org/) Minds Wide Open founder and former alternative weekly…

My only post-election thought …

My only post-election thought …

Nov 12 2016

… that Will Rahn’s piece, The Unbearable Smugness of the Press (CBS News) was spot on.   Image courtesy CBS News. 

Who we are?

MindsWideOpen.org

One thing I learned after 20+ years as a publisher of outspoken newspapers and magazines, is that few people  – intelligent and well-educated included – respect the concept of freedom of expression as a human right.

 I believe that speaking to passionate, young activists about freedom of expression is very important because they require a difficult balance between promoting tolerance and practicing tolerance.

Mary Grossman

Mary Grossman

Founder

MARY GROSSMAN: In 2002, after a decade of publishing specialty publications, my husband and I founded the outspoken Planet Jackson Hole, Wyoming’s first, and only, free alternative weekly paper. The paper was accepted into the prestigious Association of Alternative Newsmedia because of its clear alternative voice and unflinching advocacy of free speech in close-minded Wyoming. After selling the newspaper to the Salt Lake City Weekly in 2015, I am now working on creating Minds Wide Open, an organization that helps youth and activists exposed to conflict understand the bold concept of freedom of expression in order to build a more peaceful society. I am also a consultant in independent publishing and youth media on the topics of global freedom of expression, free press and censorship issues, particularly with youth.

Advisors

Advisors

Alan Murdock, International nonprofit management
Advisors

Advisors

Ed Bushnell, Attorney

Contact Us

Box 3222, Jackson, Wyoming, 83001, United States

 307 690 4932

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We bring a personal and effective approach to every project we work on.

 

Helping youth exposed to conflict understand their rights to freedom of expression in order to build a more peaceful society.