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Venture Café

The Future of Neighborhoods

Thursday, Feb 15, 2024 | 4:00 PM-8:00 PM

Join us for the exciting third installment of our Future of Neighborhoods series, where we highlight community innovation. This gathering is focused on energizing Philadelphia with health, wealth, and inventive spirit.

Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of this visionary gathering! Mark your calendars, and keep an eye on our website for all the latest details and updates.

4:00P - 7:00P

Win Win Coffee: Connecting Communities, One Sip at a Time

Venture Cafe presents an evening with Win Win Coffee – not your average coffee brand. Founded in Philadelphia, it’s stirring up more than just beverages. It’s about closing gaps, celebrating cultures, and sipping your way to social change.

Swing by from 4-7 PM to experience how every cup pours back into creating vibrant, inclusive neighborhoods.

4:15P - 4:45P

Beyond Survival: Thriving with Trauma Informed Care

How can innovation in trauma care transform lives?

Join us to explore the power of trauma-informed care. Learn from Scott Charles, a trailblazer in gun violence prevention at Temple University Hospital, and Dr. Kevin Baumlin, an emergency physician and leader who has cared for trauma patients over the past 30 years in the Bronx, Elmhurst in Queens NY and here in Philadelphia. They’ll share groundbreaking strategies that acknowledge past trauma’s impact on health and behavior, aiming to foster resilience and healing.

This session is a must-attend for anyone interested in how innovative approaches can revolutionize support systems, ensuring every individual has the chance to thrive.


5:00P - 5:45P

Innovating STEM: Lessons from History, Visions for Tomorrow

Dive into a roundtable discussion where history and innovation merge to redefine STEM education. Anchored by a prominent education innovator and enriched by the insights of a distinguished Early American Studies scholar, this conversation uncovers the crucial role of historical insights in shaping a more inclusive and equitable STEM future. We’re challenging the norms – starting from the grassroots of K-12 education. We aim to cultivate a diverse generation of innovators, equipping them to confront and solve global challenges.

Discover how Universal Design for Learning (UDL) can be the catalyst for nurturing curious, equitable minds in STEM by making learning more inclusive. This is a movement towards a transformative educational landscape, where diversity fuels innovation and inclusivity drives progress.

Your Voice, Your Impact: Be part of this pivotal shift in STEM education. Pre-register now and join us in forging pathways for a diverse, equitable, and innovative future.



6:00P - 6:45P

Imagining Our Neighborhoods: The Art of Speculative Design

How can we use our imagination to build a better tomorrow? Discover the power of speculative design in shaping our communities and informing actions today.

In this dynamic session, we’ll kick things off with an enlightening overview of speculative design. Hear directly from talented artists as they share how this approach intertwines with their own artistic process. Gain insights into how to use speculative design to unlock possibilities and drive real-world impact.

But that’s not all. Get ready to roll up your sleeves and embark on a hands-on journey. Engage in an interactive exercise where we’ll guide you in creating your own speculative design. Unleash your creativity and be part of envisioning a future that’s inclusive, sustainable, and community driven.

Explore how speculative design can revolutionize the way we design our neighborhoods and empower us to shape a brighter future together.

  • Angela McQuillan, Artist and Curator
  • Oluwafemi, DJ, producer, visual artist and co-founder of Philadelphia Super Group Worldtown Soundsystem


More sessions to come!

*Pre-Registration is encouraged but not required to attend

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