The Philadelphia Citizen’s Ideas We Should Steal Festival™ is an annual full-day convening that brings the most innovative urban thinkers and global thought leaders together to share and discuss bold ideas that can transform our city.
Last year’s Festival featured HBO’s John Oliver, New York Attorney General Letitia James, MSNBC’s Ali Velshi and First Round Capital’s Josh Kopelman. It covered some of the most important issues facing Philadelphia, like moving the needle on poverty, reducing gun violence and implementing local government innovations.
Ideas We Should Steal Festival Videos
Check out a recap of the 2019 festival
Performance by Hill-Freedman World Academy Students
Welcome and Introduction
A Better Bottom Line: A Business Case for Civic Engagement
What If We Let Citizens Decide How to Spend City Money?
Harnessing Citizen Power to Impose Term Limits on City Council
Growing The Pie, Not Cutting More Pieces: Making Growth Inclusive
News in the Age of Alternative Facts
How Oakland Cut Gun Violence…in Half
The Rigor of Laughter: Behind the Scenes of Last Week Tonight
Empowering Public Servants to be Problem Solvers
Does America Need a Mayor?
Cutting Poverty Through Evidence-Based Experimentation
Can States Save The Country? Fairness, Justice, and the Rule of Law
No Workshop, No Jumpshot: Using Hoops to Keep People Out of Prison
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Find out what we saw and heard at last year inaugural Ideas We Should Steal Festival.