For The Philadelphia Citizen’s 5th annual Ideas We Should Steal Festival ®, we scoured the country for the ideas, changemakers, and innovators who are transforming cities.
This December, The Citizen will bring to Philadelphia these dynamic leaders whose ideas could fuel much-needed progress in our city. Their mission: to share powerful ways we can work together to create a city that meets today’s particular challenges and opportunities so that all Philadelphians can thrive.
Meet this year’s speakers, and check back often to see which other boldfaced names will be joining the lineup. We are so excited to have you join us for Philadelphia’s most inspiring, impactful yearly gathering!
Wednesday, December 14
6-8pm, Quorum at University City Science Center, 3675 Market Street
Join us for a reception and special event, Truth and the Media, Post-Midterms brought to you by the Lenfest Institute for Journalism with New York Times Magazine writer Emily Bazelon, former New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson, The 19th’s Errin Haines and Spotlight PA’s Chris Baxter, in conversation with MSNBC anchor Ali Velshi. This event is free and open to the public.
Thursday, December 15
Registration at 9am
Program 9:30am-4pm, Comcast Technology Center’s Ralph J. Roberts Forum, 1800 Arch Street
The main event with all-day panels and featured speakers. Lunch, snacks, coffee, and beverages will be served.
You’ll hear incredible panels and speakers from across the country talk about:
Truth and the Media, Post-Midterms brought to you by the Lenfest Institute for Journalism
New York Times Magazine writer Emily Bazelon, former New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson, The 19th’s Errin Haines and Spotlight PA’s Chris Baxter, in conversation with MSNBC anchor Ali Velshi.
How Finding One’s Voice Can Change The World
Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, of the Roots, in conversation with Mural Arts Philadelphia’s Jane Golden. Moderated by Larry Platt.
How to Solve a Murder Epidemic
Chester DA Jack Stollsteimer, Police Chief Steven Gretzky, Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland on how a concerted, collaborative effort hasbrought murders down 38 percent since November 2020. Moderated by Roxanne Patel Shepelavy.
The Fight for Democracy
Former presidential and New York mayoral candidate Andrew Yang, co-founder of Forward Party; Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin; former RNC Chair Michael Steele. In conversation with Citizen board member and MSNBC host Ali Velshi.
The Tragedy of — and Antidote to — America’s Criminal Justice System
Marc Howard, founding director of Georgetown’s Prisons and Justice Initiative; Cherri Gregg, co-founder of the Law and Justice Journalism Project; in conversation with New York Times Magazine award-winning criminal justice reporter Emily Bazelon.
Faith, Jobs and Radical Kinship
Father Greg Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries, the world’s largest and most successful gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program, and author of The Whole Language:The Power of Extravagant Tenderness, in conversation with Rev. Bill Golderer. Moderated by Penn Chaplain Chaz Howard.
How Unreasonable Hospitality Can Save The City
Will Guidara, co-founder of New York’s Eleven Madison Park, rated the “best restaurant in the world” by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, and co-author of Unreasonable Hospitality: The Remarkable Power of Giving People More than They Expect, in conversation with Wharton’s Senior Advisor to the Dean for the Coalition for Equity & Opportunity Kenneth Shropshire.
Building a Diverse Tech Pipeline
Tech entrepreneur Michael Ellison, CEO/founder of CodePath.org, a nonprofit transforming computer science education for underrepresented minorities at over 50 colleges and universities. Moderated by NBC10 Investigative Reporter Claudia Vargas.
The Case for Housing Reparations
Mayor Daniel Biss of Evanston, IL, the first city in the nation to launch a housing reparations program, in conversation with former Mayor Michael Nutter.
How Fire Pits and S’mores Brought a Diverse Community Together
Carol Coletta, the CEO of Memphis River Parks Partnership, on how intentional riverfront development has bridged the gap between haves and have-nots in Memphis.
How To Decarbonize A City
Ian Harris, of BlocPower, on working with Ithaca, New York, to become the first city in the nation to fully decarbonize its buildings by 2030.
Erin Harkey, Chicago’s arts commissioner, on the city’s Arts 77 program, which uses the collective resources and responsibilities of departments throughout city government to push arts and culture into all its neighborhoods.
(The panels are not listed in the order that they will take place)
ACCESS LEVEL INFORMATION
New Membership: $65
Includes entry to the Ideas We Should Steal Festival and a one-year Citizen membership
Current Members: $35
Includes entry to the Ideas We Should Steal Festival and an upgrade to Super Citizen membership
Current Super Citizen Members: Free
Included in membership.
Must be a Super Citizen prior to November 1, 2022.
December 14 Panel: Free
Open to the public.
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