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Do Something: Make an Impact

Hobnob with thought leaders at the Net Impact Conference. Plus, a pop-up art exhibit examines mobility in all its forms, a community skating night and more ways to fall into good citizenship this week

Do Something: Make an Impact

Hobnob with thought leaders at the Net Impact Conference. Plus, a pop-up art exhibit examines mobility in all its forms, a community skating night and more ways to fall into good citizenship this week

Every Monday we round up a handful of fun ways to get involved throughout the week to make your city better. Have ideas for upcoming events? Email tips here.

Lace Up Those Skates for America!

On Halloween night Fishtown music venue The Fillmore Philadelphia celebrates its one-year anniversary with a community roller skating party that, in name at least, takes a page from this bonkers election season’s playbook. “Make America Skate Again” promises to be a roll down memory lane, with traditional skates, derby skates and rollerblades available for skaters, and a huge dance floor for those who just want to boogie. From 4 to 7 p.m., bring the kids for some free skating time and a “safe zone” for trick-or-treating. Later, a trio of DJs roll in for a ticketed skating and dance party just for grownups. Monday, October 31, 4-7 p.m. (free admission), 8 p.m.-2 a.m. ($20), The Fillmore Philadelphia, 29 E. Allen Street. 

Hone Your Impact-Making Skills

Photo: Net Impact

This week’s three-day Net Impact Conference offers local students and young professionals the chance to gather for an experience that should get those solutions-creating juices flowing. The event’s keynote speakers include an array of impressive thought leaders, like Alicia Garza, the co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter; B Lab co-founder Jay Coen Gilbert; and West Philly native Kiah Williams, who co-created SIRIUM, a program that works to provide unopened, unexpired medication to patients in need. When not listening in on the keynotes, guests can browse booths manned by local civic engagement orgs like MyMilkCrate, Mural Arts and Philabundance, and take part in some immersive activities. One such to-do lets you step inside a Syrian refugee camp through virtual reality. Or check out the Impact Accelerator, which invites attendees to test out ideas all day long. The price is steep, but organizers offer a variety of ways to cut costs here, or you can take advantage of a discount just for Citizen readers. Use the code “C16_DISC_PHL” at checkout to get 20 percent off your ticket price. November 3-5, $99-$699, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street.

Contemplate Mobility in All its Forms

A new pop-up art exhibition curated by SPOKE magazine opens this week examining something many of us may take for granted: mobilization. “Outbound,” on display at the MOTO Designshop in Old City, will be filled with works by local artists that not only examine mobility as a means of getting from place to place but a concept of navigating often rigid social and economic structures. “We want to understand and bring to light where race, class, wealth and gender intersect with a person’s ability to move freely in our city and world,” says SPOKE’s Katie Bohri in an interview with Generocity. We’re all about  moving freely, but don’t dilly dally too much if you want to see this exhibit. It’s only open for two days. For those looking for a more engaged experience, stop by Saturday night at 6 p.m. for a series of rapid-fire presentations from local architects, visual artists, data nerds and more on the intersection of art, design, social justice, transportation and futurism. November 4-5, free, Moto Designshop, 228 Vine Street. 

Go to the Movies for Criminal Justice Reform

Photo: 13th

In her latest documentary 13th, named after the amendment that abolished slavery, filmmaker Ava DuVernay (Selma) takes on race in the criminal justice system and posits that slavery is still being perpetuated in our country through mass incarceration. BMe Community, an organization that utilizes face-to-face networking to “build more caring and prosperous communities,” hosts a free screening of the film Friday night in the heart of Center City. After the viewing, stick around for what BMe calls “a lively solutions-oriented discussion filled with information and insights on how we can move forward in spite of some of the systemic and institutional challenges that are still very present in our society today.” Registration is required. You can do that here. Friday, November 4, 6:30-9:30 p.m., free, Pipeline Philly, 30 S. 15th Street.

Take in Some Protest Theater

Photo: Ken Brady

There’s no end to the ways in which one can protest. You can hang a sign in your window, take to the streets to rally or, if you’re Ken Brady, you can write a play about whatever issue has you all hot and bothered. At the moment, that issue, for him at least, is presidential candidate Donald Trump. His beef plays out in his latest one-man play, The Letter H, which he describes as a “raw, unfiltered tale of American history and family which unearths the deep roots of the hate fueling Trump’s campaign.” It makes its way to Philly for the first time Sunday after touring other battle ground states like Virginia and Ohio. “It must be seen before the November election,” says Brady, a Haddonfield native. “We want to inspire voters nationwide. … We have the power to change history.” Sunday,  November 6, 7-9 p.m., University City Arts League, 4226 Spruce Street. 

Header photo courtesy of Net Impact Conference

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