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Venture Café

The Future of Neighborhoods

Thursday, Oct 12, 2023 | 4:00 PM-8:00 PM

Join us for another installment in our Future of Neighborhood series, where we harness speculative design, art, and entrepreneurship to sculpt a healthier, wealthier Philadelphia.

Engage with local grassroots organizations making real change, and explore themes that position neighborhoods as catalysts for homegrown talent, all while ensuring equity and inclusion. Together, let’s reimagine and pave the way for a Philadelphia that thrives in health, wealth, and innovation.

6:00P - 6:30P

Ideas Grow Here: Accelerating Philadelphia's Future

Join us for an electrifying session that dives deep into the heart of Philly’s communities! This conversation is an exploration into the very fabric of Philadelphia’s potential, and a journey to understand how our neighborhoods can evolve into cradles of innovation. Learn from the front-runners, witness the case studies of success, and take part in forging the path ahead.


7:00P - 7:45P

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.


*Pre-Registration for sessions is encouraged but not required

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