Ideas We Should Steal: Friends of the Children

The 25-year-old Portland nonprofit has a proven method for ending the cycle of poverty for children—a 12.5 year mentorship

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Ideas we should steal: Participatory Defense

The program that tries to even the playing field for poor defendants has collectively reduced prison sentences by 3,350 years. Now it may come to Philly

By Thomas Fox Parry

Ideas We Should Steal: Democracy Vouchers

In Seattle, residents get cash vouchers to support political candidates. It could even the playing field—and bring more people out to the polls

By Quinn O'Callaghan

Ideas We Should Steal: Urban Food Forest

Seattle’s Beacon Forest provides free native edibles to anyone in the city. Could the soda tax make it possible for a Philly group to do the same here?

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Ideas We Should Steal: Anonymous Food Pantries

More people in Philadelphia are going hungry than ever. Can we end the stigma of seeking free food?

By Quinn O'Callaghan

Ideas We Should Steal: Free Legal Help for Poor Tenants

Over 15 percent of Philadelphia renters in some areas lose their homes every year. A New York program that pays for tenant lawyers dropped that city’s eviction rate by 24 percent

By Quinn O'Callaghan

Ideas We Should Steal: Citywide Composting

Ottawa, Canada, processes up to 100,000 tons of compost per year, saving money and fighting climate change. Philly needs to get a little dirty, too

By Quinn O'Callaghan

Ideas We Should Steal: What’s Good in the Agrihood?

Detroiters are transforming empty acreage into an urban farming community. Could it work in Philly?

By Quinn O'Callaghan

Ideas We Should Steal: A day in court without leaving home

Michigan and Ohio courts use an online system to adjudicate simple cases in a fraction of the usual time. In Philly, it could resolve over 450,000 cases a year

By Stephen St.Vincent

Ideas We Should Steal: Indigenous Peoples Day

Cities around the country have replaced Columbus Day with a celebration of native people. In Philly, we celebrate a fairy tale that isn’t even historically true. Isn’t it time that changed?

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy