The DNC is less than a week away and our calendars are already filled with protests, panels, networking happy hours, and movie screenings! So we’ve thrown together this list of impact-focused events for you to check out next week. From growing a sustainable economy to solving hunger to civic innovation, go out and see what our city (and country) is made of!
*This list will be updated as we find more events to add.
Monday, July 25 - Thursday, July 28
Back by popular demand, the IMPACT Film Festival brings select issue-driven films to the 2016 Democratic National Convention from July 25-28 in Philadelphia, PA.
Monday, July 25 - Thursday, July 28
Witnesses to Hunger is a program about the participation and action of the true experts on hunger and poverty - people with first-hand experience. By providing living testimony through photography and their voices, members of Witnesses to Hunger challenge elected officials, the public, and the press to engage with them about issues that impact so many families’ health and well-being. This free exhibit brings their experiences to life.
Monday, July 25 to Wednesday, July 27
Targeted to middle and high school students but open to the general public, Voices of Voting is a short play commissioned by the Committee of Seventy and written and directed by award-winning Philadelphia artistic director David Bradley that ties the personal struggles and political courage of the 1960’s campaign to secure the vote to the present-day challenge of engaging young people in our electoral process.
MONDAY, JULY 25
Come see and hear the best ideas from America's civic tech and political reform communities that will help reinvigorate democracy in the US. Vote for the idea you think has the most promise. Delegates, journalists, advocates, philanthropists, venture capitalists are invited to visit this exhibit of ideas to improve democracy in the United States. The Showcase will put your organization’s products in front of people who could become your champions, investors or partners.
TUESDAY, JULY 26
An interactive discussion—bringing together national and Philadelphia-area business leaders, policy makers, the media and DNC delegates—to examine the ways that America can benefit from a focus on sustainability in three areas: High Road Workplace practices, the role that financial markets and impact investing can play in stimulating economic development and the economic benefits of accelerating the transition to a low-carbon economy.
Panel with LGBT experts and elected-official designed to examine the LGBT movement through the lens of the 2016 presidential election.
Philadelphia is the poorest big city in the United States. Like many cities with a high concentration of poverty, Philadelphia struggles with broadband access, which prevents thousands of Philadelphians from connecting to the jobs, education and healthcare that everyone deserves.
Join Federal Communications Commissioner Mignon Clyburn in a panel conversation with government and civic leaders working to ensure every person can access the internet. At this vital time in our nation, expect a wide-ranging conversation that covers local and national policy solutions, on-the-ground stories of breaking the digital divide, and a look at what's next in the fight to get everyone online.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 27
Entrepreneurship, Investment & Innovation: 10 Things Women Entrepreneurs Want the Candidates to Know
Join Women Impacting Public Policy and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council for: Entrepreneurship, Investment & Innovation: 10 Things Women Entrepreneurs Want the Candidates to Know
Join the Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) for a champagne brunch and conversation with Kiva and the Philadelphia Department of Commerce. Learn about Kiva's innovative national project to bring investment to small and micro-businesses and AEO's platform of action to support micro-business in America.
Panel of openly LGBT federal, state and local elected officials designed to examine the LGBT movement through the lens of the 2016 presidential election.
Election night blues, starstruck moments, wonky meetings, and dark horses: Come out to hear personal stories of public life! Audience storytellers will compete in classic open-mic storyslam fashion, joined by a few special guests (Join our Facebook event page for updates!).
Let's take the stage while our potential leaders are in our city. Let our voices, our issues, and our opinions be heard! This is a peaceful ride. Invite as many people as you can! We want this to be a fun, moving event. Bring your glowsticks, your lights, and your music!
THURSDAY, JULY 28
How can we reimagine the relationship between government and the governed? The Philadelphia Citizen, in partnership with The Barnes Foundation, invites you to rethink city government with four forward-thinking American mayors who have disrupted government as usual. The conversation will be followed by a DNC watch party for Hillary Clinton’s scheduled acceptance of the Democratic Nomination.