It sounds like a riddle: What do you get when you mix a preacher, a politician, a poet, plus dozens of other groundbreaking leaders from around the country?
The answer, however, is far more consequential: The 3rd annual Ideas We Should Steal Festival, The Citizen’s yearly convening of revered leaders from around the U.S.
This year’s festival, to be held virtually over the course of four Tuesday evenings in December, will focus on innovative solutions to the ongoing and urgent crises facing Philadelphia: education; police reform; homelessness; and more.
Attendees will hear from Arne Duncan, Obama Administration education secretary, who will lay out how his Chicago-based nonprofit, CRED (Create Real Economic Destiny), lowers gun violence by creating economic opportunity.
Best-selling author, professor, preacher and public intellectual Rev. Michael Eric Dyson will be there, too—his new book, Long Time Coming, explores how we can address the racism underlying every aspect of our country and our communities.
Standup comedian and Daily Show correspondent Roy Wood Jr. will discuss how comedy can be an agent of social change, and Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter of The Roots will share his insight on art’s transformative power as well.
And the lineup is still evolving—stay tuned to our Festival page here for details and to buy tickets, on sale soon. You could also sign up for our newsletter to stay on top of new speaker announcements and more.
Attendees will also have the chance to be part of a revolutionary approach to alleviating poverty in Philly, as we’ll be awarding $25,000 to RIP Medical Debt; Jerry Ashton, co-founder of the New York-based nonprofit, will share how his organization can use that investment to alleviate $2,500,000 worth of medical debt within a to-be-announced zip code right here in Philly.
The award comes through Spring Point Partners, as part of the annual Jeremy Nowak Urban Innovation Award, and attendees will have the opportunity to contribute to the award, as well. Previous award-winners include Women’s Community Revitalization Project and I Am Because We Are.
Among this year’s sponsors are Presenting Partner Comcast NBC Universal, Spring Point Partners, Darco Capital, FS Investments, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, Hamilton Lane, Daniel B. and Florence E. Green Foundation and Firstrust Bank, Nouveau Capital, Pamela and Ajay Raju Foundation, Keating Mara & Associates, Santander Bank, The GIANT Company, Philadelphia Foundation, Brandywine Realty Trust, Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, WSFS Bank, Accountability Lab, Clarke & Cohen, Connelly Foundation, and so many other local drivers of change in our beloved, beleaguered Philadelphia.
There will be conversations and Q&As, laughter, connection, reflection and so much more. We can’t wait to see you at our most powerful IWSS Festival yet.
Mark your calendar: December 1, 8, 15, and 22, 5:30-7:30pm, via Zoom.
Stay tuned to our Festival page here for details and to buy tickets, on sale soon.Header image: Ideas We Should Steal Festival 2020 speakers Mayor Randall Woodfin, Arne Duncan, Cheryl Dorsey and Roy Wood Jr.