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’re bringing them to Philadelphia on:
Monday December 13, 6pm to 8pm, Fitler Club Ballroom, 1 South 24th Street.
Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served.
Tuesday December 14, 8:30am to 2 pm, Fitler Club Ballroom, 1 South 24th Street
Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be served.
Here’s what you’ll see:
What Would Jimmy Do? (Monday December 13)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stakeholder Capitalism and the ESG revolution: Former CEO 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.
The Long Game To Ending Generational Poverty presented by United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. 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.
There’s No Conservative or Progressive Way To Change 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.
Tickets to whole Festival: $30 (includes refreshments on December 13; breakfast, lunch and snacks on December 14)
Tickets to “What Would Jimmy Do?” on December 13: Free
Ticket plus 1-year Citizen membership: $50
The Festival will be held at Fitler Club Ballroom, 1 South 24th Street, Philadelphia.
Valet parking will be provided.
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