It seems that you can’t turn sideways anymore without hearing a great story about how Philadelphia is changing for the better. Then, there are the detractors of this whole “getting better” enterprise. I sit squarely at the front of the “bring it on” team. I think progress is exciting. I don’t mean progress for the sake of progress but I believe the vast majority of new folks in town are just the type of optimistic, let’s get it done type of folk this town needs more of. They add to the already vibrant mix of socially, racially and culturally folk that have called this home for many years.
I will be at TEDxPhiladelphia all day on Friday March 28th. This will take place on the campus of Temple University where I began my Philadelphia journey before leaving for 14 years. I was one of the original organizers of this year’s events. I am proud of what we are about to achieve. We took an idea that was not moving forward in this town and made it work. We worked hard and raised over $185,000 through ticket sales, sponsorships, grants and gifts. We put together an impressive roster of amazing people. We scrambled to find what we thought was the cream of the crop of the over 500 speaker nomination submissions that we received. There were incredible people that we couldn’t fit into this program and this theme that were astonishingly qualified! We could have filled a week of programming. Nonetheless, what will step onto this TEDx stage today will be brilliant and noteworthy.
I am proud to call myself a Philadelphian. I know now that I will always call myself a Philadelphian. I want to be a fantastic part of Philadelphia’s future.
Let’s do this TOGETHER!