This is part of "Democracy" month of the Generocity Editorial Calendar. Find the series here.
The Democratic National Convention is swiftly approaching Philadelphia (for the first time since 1948) — are you ready to welcome 50,000 extra visitors?
This isn’t solely a time for Philadelphia to welcome Democrats: It’s a reminder to reflect on democracy itself (good and bad).
On July 14, Generocity and stakeholder group OpenAccessPHL are combining forces for one big, free, united sharing of local efforts around civic engagement and policy. (It’ll come 10 days before the convention itself, during which our friends the Committee of Seventy will host a civic innovation conversation of their own, among many other events.)
This joint event will feature lightning talks from leaders around the city on the theme of democracy. Nonprofits and for-profits alike will be speaking about their initiatives to support voting, democratic workplaces and other civic engagement efforts.
Here are a few of our speakers:
- David Thornburgh, Committee of Seventy’s president and CEO, will set the stage for American Experiments, a nonpartisan showcase of civic tech and democracy innovations during the DNC.
- Nick Marzano, board president of Young Involved Philadelphia, will outline the group’s goals for an upcoming StorySlam on working inside the city’s so-called political machine.
- Nicole Koedyker, cofounder of Forsei Consulting, will talk about trends in B Corp legislation.
- Antoine Haywood, director of membership and outreach at public access media group PhillyCAM, will discuss the group’s role in the Comcast franchise agreement.
Philadelphia is known for its civic innovation and impactful projects focused on creating a more just, democratic society. Learn more about them on July 14 (and celebrate Generocity’s 5th birthday!) at Benjamin’s Desk’s Curtis Center location at 601 Walnut St., on the same floor as our new office, and also network with local impact leaders over beers and light snacks.
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