Ideas We Should Steal Festival 2018: Pedal to Porch

The Detroit group tempers the effects of gentrification by connecting newer and older residents through the power of storytelling

By Jill Harkins

The Fix: “Integrity Idol”

Nationwide contests in developing countries turn honest public officials into celebrities. Let’s convince the DC-based group behind the project to bring it here

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Ideas We Should Steal: Training teachers like doctors

Could a Michigan experiment to bring medical school-like training to the teaching of teachers make for better-prepared educators—and more successful students?

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Ideas We Should Steal: Helping Tenants Register to Vote

In St. Paul—where voter turnout is already an enviable 75 percent—landlords must give new tenants voter registration info. Could something similar help get more residents to the polls in Philly too?

By Alex Braden

Ideas We Should Steal: Community-Centered Development

A Portland B Corp is pushing a more inclusive process for building up a neighborhood. Can Philly learn a lesson from the most gentrified city in America?

By Jill Harkins

Ideas We Should Steal: The Citizens Project

Can increasing civic engagement keep people out of jail and off the streets in Philly as it has in New Haven?

By Jill Harkins

Ideas We Should Steal: Minister of Loneliness

Britain appointed the world’s first official to combat an epidemic of loneliness. A similar post here could save lives

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

CitizenCast—Ideas We Should Steal Revisited: Night Mayor

Philadelphia's bustling nightlife draws many of the best and brightest to our region. Will our inability to act on instituting a night mayor turn them away?

By J.P. Romney and Rana Fayez