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Join civic leaders for a practical and inspiring conversation about how to be an engaged citizen of your city.

Tuesday, April 20, 2pm-3pm, virtual.

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Wednesday, April 28, at 6pm via Zoom
Can a random act of kindness really make a difference? As local entrepreneur and philanthropist Brad Aronson learned when his wife was being treated for cancer, human kindness might be the only thing that really matters in the times we live in. What’s more: Being kind to others has been proven time and again to create a happier life for ourselves. That’s what we call a win-win.

Join The Citizen for a heartfelt conversation with Aronson about his Wall Street Journal-bestselling book, Humankind: Changing the World One Small Act At a Time—which shows, as Deepak Chopra said, “how we can create a life of adventure and healing by making our lives stories of love in action”—and Dr. Karen Reivich, director of training programs for Penn’s Positive Psychology Center, and a leading expert on resilience, depression prevention and optimism.

Bring your ideas for making change one small act at a time, and leave with concrete actions you can take to create a better world for all of us—and be happier for it.

Moderated by Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Proceeds from the book, available for purchase at Head House Books, support Big Brother Big Sisters.


Thursday, May 6 at 7pm via Zoom
An evening with journalist (and millennial) Jill Filopovic, author of OK Boomer, Let’s Talk: How My Generation Got Left Behind. Filopovich shows that millennials are not the avocado toast-eating snowflakes of boomer outrage fantasies. She upends dated assumptions with revelatory data and paints a revealing portrait of America’s most educated, most engaged, yet least-wealthy generation. Moderated by The Citizen’s Larry Platt.


The Citizen Recommends: Civic Engagement for Young Leaders

Join The Citizen’s Larry Platt and a panel of civic leaders for a conversation Tuesday about how to keep young Philadelphians engaged in making a better city for all

The Citizen Recommends: Civic Engagement for Young Leaders

Join The Citizen’s Larry Platt and a panel of civic leaders for a conversation Tuesday about how to keep young Philadelphians engaged in making a better city for all

Young people of Philadelphia, we thank you: You voted in 2020 in record numbers, proving to one and all that you do care about what happens to your country, and that you are willing to make an effort to shape it in your image.

And you were not alone: Nationally, around 55 percent of eligible voters aged 18 to 29 voted in November, compared to about 44 percent in 2016. 

But now that we’re on the other side of the bitter 2020 Presidential battle, how can we keep the civic engagement momentum going?

The Young Professionals Council of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia is hosting a virtual event Tuesday to answer just that question. (RSVP here.) Expect a robust discussion about everything civic engagement-related, from voting, to advocacy, to community involvement, to plain old do-good-for-Philadelphia advice from expert panelists in the know:

  • City Commissioner Al Schmidt, the lone Republican in the city’s election office, who battled time, protesters, former Pres. Trump and the impatience of the nation in his role helping to oversee voting and vote counting in November.  
  • Committee of Seventy Chief Program Officer Lauren Cristella, who has helped steer the government watchdog group’s efforts to people the polls, encourage mail-in-voting and get out the vote.
  • City Councilperson Katherine Gilmore Richardson, a former aid to Councilmember Blondell Reynolds Brown and one of the youngest people elected to Council, who has also served as vice president of Philadelphia Young Democrats.

Citizen Co-founder Larry Platt will moderate the panel, with a particular emphasis on practical ideas and solutions for using citizen power to make a better city for everyone in it. Because, as Platt has said: “Democracy isn’t just an idea; it’s an act. And acts in pursuit of the common good, piled one on top of another, are how community forms and democracy survives.”

Find out more about the event and RSVP here.

Tuesday April 20, 2pm-3pm, free for Young Professionals Council members/$50 for non- members, virtual.

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