Friday, September 22, 2017

Meet Fast Forward Presenter >> Jozef Jozefowski

What is your Big Idea for Philadelphia?
Uniting the Creative Economy to Impact Commerce: The Philly Film Industry

Philly is going to be the next film-making hotspot! It has all the assets needed to spark a flourishing film industry. Through simple, bold, and colorful slides, remember we are talking about a visual medium here, I will highlight all that the creative economy can do to positively impact commerce!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Meet Fast Forward Presenters >> Li Sumpter, Maya Thomas, Nyasha Felder, & Tommy Joshua Caison

What is your Big Idea for Philadelphia?
Mimu Ina: Can Design Empower a Community?

Creating healthier organically grown, locally produced, and affordable food options is a critical topic in health communities and is vital to resolving food desert crises in urban areas. As urban revitalization efforts continue to grow in Philadelphian communities, retaining cultural significance in a changing contemporary urban area depends on creating value and community assets. It has been the goal of The North Philly Peace Park to rehabilitate abandoned spaces and grow local produce and also offer a pedagogical environment that teaches urban farming techniques and healthy living for local communities. The North Philly Peace Park Pavilion project will be utilized for hosting classes, events, and workshops while also serving as a pedagogical tool. It is equipped with renewable energy sources, water collection, an ebb and fl ow hydroponic system, and other urban farming techniques within and around the pavilion. It is the goal of the North Philly Peace Park to demonstrate working methods that can be recreating on private land and within non private areas that are discrete and non-impactful to housing materials. As urban populations continue to grow, food shortages are becoming more prevalent, it is our mission to see the potential in abandoned land and food deserts to become productive sources of food supply and community building.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Meet Fast Forward Presenter >> David J. Seok

What is your Big Idea for Philadelphia?
Building Connections Under A Concrete Sky: Philadelphia’s Underpasses

The Master Plan for the Central Delaware, published December 2011, by Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) identifies multiple locations where I95’s roadway infrastructure discourages access to the waterfront. These man-made barriers are not limited to the waterfront.  They occur throughout Philly and often divide neighborhoods.  Community groups, like DRWC have begun improving these connector underpasses as a kind of invitation for visitors.  Lighting, graphics, landscaping and art installations make the connectors a more attractive passageway.   We believe this treatment will spread around our city and will soon include interactive controls that not only invite but engage public participation.  Transforming vehicular passageways into destinations for community and connection.  Our presentation will discuss the current improvements and conceptualize about how this trend will develop and spread.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Meet Fast Forward Presenter >> Aaron M. Cohen

What is your Big Idea for Philadelphia?
The Last Fancy Club: A Mummers Association Transitions To A New Era

A small red sign affixed to the front door of a nondescript rowhouse on a South Philly street reads: Golden Sunrise NYA. Inside, you’re greeted by pieces of ornate costumes piled high on folding tables, an exceptionally large and overstuffed trophy case, vintage 70s-era wood paneling, and a handful of friendly people making things and socializing. Welcome to Golden Sunrise, the last remaining Fancy Club in the Philadelphia Mummers, practitioners of a folk art tradition on the verge of extinction.

Fancy clubs strut down Broad Street on New Year’s day in elaborate suits with large ornamental backpieces or frames, decorated with plumes, sequins, and glitter. Historically, they have participated in every parade, but over the years, due to dwindling finances, declining memberships and other factors, one club after another has folded. Golden Sunrise, founded in 1960, is the last remaining club in the fancy division—and it is on its last legs.

This presentation will address the questions: How can Golden Sunrise survive in the face of an uncertain future? How can the club expand membership, raise funds, and encourage greater involvement? How can and does the mummers’ clubhouse function as an important social space that brings people from different backgrounds together? And what is Golden Sunrise doing to help the mummers become more diverse and inclusive?

For the past two years, I’ve been documenting Golden Sunrise in photographs. Behind the scenes photos of the club will provide a rare glimpse inside a working mummer’s club.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Meet Fast Forward Presenter >> Brian Hawk

What is your Big Idea for Philadelphia?
Floored by Flooring: Old Samples for New Students

What should be next for Philly is an organization that believes in the ever-growing call for living green through recycling and repurposing. Every day, tons of usable items in the flooring industry are thrown away, but why? Why shouldn’t we utilize them for a better purpose than a landfill? Eco Arts and Games started with an idea to make art, games, and interior decor out of discontinued flooring samples and tiles that would normally go into dumpsters. We salvage tile, glass, stone, metals, hardwood, vinyl, carpet, and many other materials to create pieces of art and to make family-friendly crafts. Our community objective, through our products and outreach, is to teach children and adults the benefits of repurposing items that don’t need to end up as trash. With Eco Arts and Games displays and events, any aspiring artist can create original artwork and design their own games with discarded materials that have beautiful texture, color, and sparkle. The ultimate goal of the organization is to see art classes, Philly festivals, and community activities that are dedicated to eco art; those classes and events will hopefully inspire the next generations to understand the local and global benefits of repurposing.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Meet Fast Forward Presenter >> Ariel Ben-Amos

What is your Big Idea for Philadelphia?
Making Small Spaces Great Places

Philadelphians are embracing pop-ups in the ROW.  Parklets and pedestrian plazas have been built in neighborhoods from Logan to Cedar Park. The City is preparing to invest half a billion dollars in formal Parks and Rec centers investments.  For a fraction of the price, the City could set up a non profit to support community driven low cost safety improvements across Philadelphia.

StreetBoxPHL could serve as a non-profit intermediary that provides capital, technical and insurance support to remove obstacles for small NGO’s and block captains to improves their neighborhoods. Think a West Philly Tool Library for the street.  By making it easier for mom and pop neighborhood organizations to interact with Streets, deploy street furniture, and insure their investments, the City can make sure that pop-ups are not just gentrifying neighborhoods.


Friday, September 1, 2017

Event Registration is Now Open!

Join us for Fast Forward >> 2017 on the evening of Friday October 13,  free with pre-registration by September 29!
We're super-excited for this year's presenter line-up - check back regularly for sneak peeks into their #WhatsNextPHL topics.