For this year’s Ideas We Should Steal Festival, the Citizen looked across the country for the ideas, leaders, change-makers and innovations that are transforming cities in America to optimize Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Prosperity.
We brought them to Philadelphia on Monday December 13 and Tuesday December 14.
Here’s what we saw:
MONDAY, DECEMBER 13
6–8pm: WHAT WOULD JIMMY DO?
Princeton Professor and bestselling author Eddie Glaude, Jr. of Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own will explore lessons for today from the legendary writer and public intellectual in conversation with the Tony-winning and Obie-winning musician and playwright Stew, who, with his band The Negro Problem, wrote and performed Notes of a Native Song, a tribute to Baldwin. Moderated by MSNBC’s Ali Velshi. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from Philabundance Community Kitchen will be served. This panel is presented by Independence Blue Cross.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 14
8:30am: REGISTRATION AND COFFEE ☕️
Start the day with hot coffee and bagels courtesy of Gopuff
Opening remarks from The Philadelphia Citizen co-executive directors Larry Platt and Roxanne Patel Shepelavy
9:15–9:55am: STAKEHOLDER CAPITALISM AND THE ESG REVOLUTION
Former Young & Rubicam CEO Peter Georgescu, author of Capitalists Arise!, End Economic Inequality, Grow the Middle Class, Heal the Nation in conversation with MSNBC’s Ali Velshi. This panel is presented by Comcast NBCUniversal.
10–10:40am: THERE’S NO CONSERVATIVE OR PROGRESSIVE WAY TO FIX A POTHOLE
Mayors are their own political party in America—problem solvers. Former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed with former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter. Moderated by Larry Platt.
10:45–11:00am: BROKERING PEACE
Aqeela Sherrills, who brokered the historic peace between LA’s Bloods and Crips, and is now leading the Newark Community Street Team’s successful efforts to reduce gun violence in New Jersey’s biggest city.
11–11:10am: SNACK BREAK 🥨
Please enjoy snacks courtesy of Gopuff
11:10–11:50am: FIXING THE PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX
Piper Kerman, author of Orange is the New Black, in conversation with REFORM Alliance CEO Robert Rooks. Moderated by New York Times Magazine journalist Emily Bazelon, author of Charged: The Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration. This panel is presented by the REFORM Alliance and Fanatics
11:50am–12:30pm: LUNCH 🥗
Enjoy lunch courtesy of Gopuff
12:30–1:05pm: THE LONG GAME TO ENDING GENERATIONAL POVERTY
Terri Sorenson, executive director of Friends of the Children, a 12-year mentorship program for young people that has shown incredible results and Omolara Fatiregun, CEO of Thrive!, an anti-poverty tech company. In conversation with Bill Golderer. This panel is presented by United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.
1:10–1:25pm: ELECTRIC VEHICLES FOR ALL
Russ Stark, St. Paul’s chief resilience officer on how his city is confronting climate change through a new municipal car share program bringing electric cars to underserved neighborhoods in the city.
1:30–2pm: FEELING THEIR PAIN: LISTENING TO THE TRUMP VOTER
UC-Berkeley professor Arlie Hochschild, author of Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on The American Right, on the five years she spent seeking to understand Tea Party members in Louisiana—and the lessons we can learn on how to move forward as citizens together. In conversation with Ali Velshi.
Stay tuned for videos of all the sessions in January 2022.
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