Occasionally opportunities come up for me to speak at events about Philly Love Notes. Aside from being terrified of public speaking (see Ignite Talk for reference), I’m sometimes unsure of how this project fits into larger political or media conversations. However, when Philly Set Go recently asked me to speak at an event that they’re hosting this Thursday, March 5th from 6:30-8:30, I thought it could be a really interesting collaboration.
Philly Set Go, along with the 5th Square, are two relatively recent additions to the Philadelphia political sphere that have piqued my interest.
- Philly Set Go is a non-partisan political action committee with a simple mission: encourage millennials to become more involved in local politics so that city government is more responsive to our concerns, particularly improvements to quality of life, job growth, and education.
- The 5th Square is a political action committee organized within the State of Pennsylvania to advocate for smart policy for transportation, public space, land use, and better governance in Philadelphia.
In the past, I’ve been generally apolitical, in part because of my work — I don’t want my personal interests to be in any way confused with my organization’s positions — and in part because the political system has seemed untouchable — how could I possibly affect change in the city? What I’ve learned, and what I’ll be talking about is how we can make changes in the city from within, both by voting with feet and dollars, and in our choice of work, play, and personal projects.
So please come join and support a great organization that can help us make this a great city.
Details: Philly Set Go (part 2)
When: Thursday, March 5th from 6:30-8:30
Where: La Colombe, 1335 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19125
The Inquirer just wrote up a piece about millennial political involvement in Philly that at the very least has a very “lively” comments section (what else is new?).