Friday, September 21, 2018

Meet Fast Forward Supporter >> Lightglass

What is your Big Idea for Philadelphia?
Transforming Windowless Spaces

Lightglass is a Philly-based LED lighting startup. As human-centric lighting continues to gain traction in our industry, the Lightglass team is designing luminaires that will transform the most light deprived environments into comfortable working and living spaces. There are billions of square feet of windowless space in the US, and although humans discovered the importance of natural light to our health many years ago, millions still spend the majority of their days without it. Philadelphia is the best possible home for our company because of the talented group of architects, engineers and designers who live and work in the region, and the easy access to other centers for innovation on the east coast.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Meet Fast Forward Presenter >> Alex Wiles

What is your Big Idea for Philadelphia?
Media Co-ops

Bonfire Media Collective was started by me and my colleagues at Media Mobilizing Project, an organization dedicated to lifting up stories of struggle throughout Philadelphia and New Jersey. We all had a collective vision based on this background that established the community we were accountable to and were dedicated to serving initially - marginalized people and communities in Philadelphia. Right now, we share headquarters with Media Mobilizing Project. There is a constant cross pollination between our mother organization with a pulse on Philly movements and the new business focused on local culture and media.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Meet Fast Forward Presenter >> VerĂ³nica Ayala

What is your Big Idea for Philadelphia?
Beyond the Block Clean-up

Urban communities such as those in North Philadelphia are experiencing an ecological imbalance, problems including but not limited to blight, university-community tensions, and rapid inequitable development. A brick opened our eyes to this ecology, when in 2014 a group of adolescents
used a brick to assault our friends. This incident was one of hundreds of Temple University's TUalerts that year, which further fed an existing climate of distrust and fear. False narratives and dividing practices at personal, neighborhood and institutional levels get exacerbated by the lack of spaces for important and honest conversations to take place.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Meet Fast Forward Presenter >> Beulah Osueke

What is your Big Idea for Philadelphia?
Philly Faith in Action

POWER, the region’s leading interfaith movement, believes that all people deserve dignity, respect, and should have a say in the decisions that shape their lives. Community members know best what’s best their families and neighbors and need their voices at the center of this city’s political life. POWER recognizes and seeks to address the fact that it is the poor, communities of color, and working families who suffer the brunt of declining opportunities and dysfunctional systems. This is why we commit to calling attention to this brokenness, to advance concrete policy changes to reform these systems and to work with public and private sector leaders to bring the necessary resources to bear to turn these systems around.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Meet Fast Forward Presenters >> Kimberlee Douglas & Drew Harris

What is your Big Idea for Philadelphia?
Parks in a Truck


Block by block, let's bring nature back in everyday life and every neighborhood by linking unused lots to create networks of green spaces—corridors of high-quality and useful outdoor places that promote health and build communities. This open space initiative will build upon the ongoing development work of many great organizations by using underutilized and idle spaces to fill in the gaps. No one should be far from a safe and comfortable green space.

“Parks in a Truck” lets neighborhood groups design and select what they want in their park — chess tables, grilling areas, picnic tables, trees, flower beds, pathways for walking, tree houses, a covered pavilion, car washing, logs to climb on — it’s all good if it works for them.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Meet Fast Forward Presenter >> Heather Harrill

What is your Big Idea for Philadelphia?
Seeding Enterprise: A Socio-Ecological Approach for the Regenerative Redevelopment of the Logan Triangle

With Philadelphia's population soaring again and new development sweeping the city, we have an incredible opportunity to reimagine the approach to benefit stakeholders and citizens alike. Where traditional commercial development focuses on bottom-line profits and investor returns, a new model of regenerative development​ will prioritize the creation of complete neighborhoods, economic opportunity, and mechanisms for environmental repair. This model will focus not only on economic revitalization and job creation, but also on quality of life, human and ecological health, and the establishment of resilient and environmentally restorative infrastructure.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Meet Fast Forward Presenters >> Stephen Lane & Aline Normoyle

What is your Big Idea for Philadelphia?
Civic Portal: Previewing monuments in public spaces using augmented reality

The Civic Portal project combines augmented and virtual reality  technologies to help designers and communities work together to create public artworks, such as statues, park fixtures, and murals.

Using an app on their mobile phone, users can preview proposed monuments in the actual space where it will be located via augmented reality (AR). Designers can upload models as well as optionally add, delete, swap out and modify components. AR functionality will allow users to walk around the monument and inspect it from different angles.  Through the app, people will be able to provide feedback via text and voice. This feedback will be viewable from a central server, which will host a moderated, public message board for showing comments. The central server will also support managing models and previewing them virtually via a 3D web application that optionally supports virtual reality.