Friday, October 5, 2018

It's Fast Forward >> Friday!

Come by the Center for Architecture + Design (1218 Arch Street) at 6pm this evening to find out #WhatsNextPHL from a terrific lineup of presenters as they Fast Forward >> through their bold ideas and budding ventures in six minutes and forty seconds flat!

Can't attend in person? Check out the event via livestream!

Friday, September 28, 2018

LAST DAY for free event pre-registration!

Click to register by 9/28 - $5 after and at the door.

See you on Friday 10.5.2018 | 6pm | Center for Architecture + Design 1218 Arch Street! 

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Meet Fast Forward Presenter >> Will Herzog

What is your Big Idea for Philadelphia?
Connecting Youth with their Communities

My presentation envisions the most inclusive city in the United States for young people. We have two simultaneous, co-existing problems; students are not finishing high school and matriculating to college, and once they arrive, transportation emerges as a significant barrier towards completion. On the other hand, college graduates leave Philadelphia for NY/SF/LA/etc in droves, and we desperately need them to contribute their skills and spending power to our local economy. But we grapple with a workforce that does not look like the City of Philadelphia as a whole. I envision granting every young person in the City of Philadelphia universal access to the SEPTA system to access opportunity, which will ensure that young people from all backgrounds can participate in the opportunities in the Philadelphia of tomorrow. There is clear research that, by doing this, we can increase workforce inclusion of native Philadelphians and the retention of recent college graduates by 20% respectively.

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Will Herzog is the Executive Chair of the SEPTA Youth Advisory Council (YAC), an internal leadership arm and external advocacy organization that brings the voices of young people (aged 14-23) to the governance of public transit. Will joined the organization as a high school sophomore in 2013. A native of Philadelphia, Will is passionate about strengthening communities and their governments, creating environments where opportunity can thrive. Will is a senior at Haverford/Bryn Mawr College, studying Growth and Structure of Cities, and a Master of City Planning candidate at the University of Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Meet Fast Forward Presenter >> Marcus Brandt

What is your Big Idea for Philadelphia?
Old Forgotten Treasures for a Re-imagined Philadelphia 

While it is important for a thriving dynamic city to be able to reinvent itself and re-imagine its place in a new age, it’s equally important to our identity to stay connected to our past and the forces that shaped the City. Here, I want to bring to your attention two hidden and nearly forgotten treasures that could help inform, delight and inspire Philadelphia in this new chapter of its story. 

Philadelphia grew up and came to prominence because of its amazing fresh water port. In its heyday, Philly was known as “the workshop to the world.” But today there is precious little connection between the people of Philadelphia and the working waterfront. Indeed, it’s very hard for the public to get close to the water at all.  But that might soon change.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Meet Fast Forward Presenters >> Bailie Gregory & Sara Jade Underwood

What is your Big Idea for Philadelphia?
More Hospitality: Mercy-Emily Edible Park 

When we talk about “what’s next for Philadelphia?” you might be thinking about something to build. We certainly have a lot of that happening, drastically so in some neighborhoods. However, not all these spaces are simply vacant. The city is spotted with green spaces thanks to urban gardeners. Once abandoned lots are community oases that provide fresh food and flowers. They also reduce crime and stress while they increase exercise rates and community.

Urban gardens have their fair share of challenges, too. Most people are guerilla gardeners. With the value increase for parcels, many of these green spaces are under threat of being lost. Different groups are working together to save existing gardens, including Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the Neighborhood Gardens Trust, the Philadelphia Land Bank, councilmembers, and community gardeners.

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.