Ideas We Should Steal: Free Childcare at City Meetings

Ithaca, New York, just eliminated the biggest barrier to civic engagement among parents. Could babysitting bring more voices into the conversation in Philly, too?

By Jessica Press

Ideas We Should Steal: Tech for Turnout

Two years after the presidential election galvanized mostly progressive technologists, their innovations brought more voters to the polls in 2018. Expect more of that in Philly, too

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Ideas We Should Steal: Upcycling Guns

A Swedish organization is tackling El Salvador’s rampant gun violence in a way that may be just crazy enough to work in Philly

By Jessica Press

Ideas We Should Steal: One Stop Contraception Shop

A national nonprofit is breaking down barriers women face in getting effective birth control, which could also help lift them out of poverty

By Jill Harkins

Ideas We Should Steal: More Young Voters

Districts around the country—including University City in Philly—saw a huge uptick in young voters during the midterms. Harnessing that citywide could sway elections

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Ideas We Should Steal: Voter Turnout Contest

In Cumberland County, NJ, a competition among cities helped to boost 2018 turnout by 13 percent. Could Philly’s competitive spirit be the key to more votes here, too?

By Alyssa Biederman

Ideas We Should Steal: Giving Locally

Philly is one of the least charitable regions in the country. Could a local version of Giving Tuesday, like they have in Austin, be the answer?

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Ideas We Should Steal: Art for the Aging

A Portland program is helping senior citizen artists connect more with their community and even make extra money. It could be a boon for Philly’s growing senior population

By Celeste Hamilton Dennis