CHERRY STREET PIER: ARTISTS & THE CITY
Jul
23
6:00 PM18:00

CHERRY STREET PIER: ARTISTS & THE CITY

As creatives living a freelance life, are we preparing for our futures? How can cities help? Join us at Cherry Street Pier in Philadelphia for a conversation with artist in residence Stacey Wilson of Flygirrl and Nina Lyrispect Ball. This talk kicks off Artists & The City, a summer series presented by Urban Consulate.

Get to know the artists in residence at Cherry Street Pier! Join us & read more here.

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CANDID CONVERSATIONS: GOING FURTHER TOGETHER
Jul
24
6:00 PM18:00

CANDID CONVERSATIONS: GOING FURTHER TOGETHER

How can we go further together? Join us at Co.act Detroit for a candid conversation about building coalitions & alliances for the hard & necessary work none of us can do alone.

Video livestream by MILO. Food from Yum Village.

Free & open to the public. Locals & travelers welcome

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CHERRY STREET PIER: ARTISTS & THE CITY
Aug
27
6:00 PM18:00

CHERRY STREET PIER: ARTISTS & THE CITY

How can we excavate and celebrate stories of Black Philadelphians that have been erased, neglected, and overtaken? Join us at Cherry Street Pier in Philadelphia for a conversation with artist in residence Yolanda Wisher, interviewed by Akeem Dixon. This talk is part of Artists & The City, a summer series presented by Urban Consulate.

Get to know the artists in residence at Cherry Street Pier! Join us & read more here.

Photo Credit: Ryan Collerd

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CHERRY STREET PIER: ARTISTS & THE CITY
Sep
17
6:00 PM18:00

CHERRY STREET PIER: ARTISTS & THE CITY

Join us at Cherry Street Pier in Philadelphia for a conversation with artists in residence James and India Abbott, photographer & filmmaker, who are also father & daughter. This talk is part of Artists & The City, a summer series presented by Urban Consulate.

Get to know the artists in residence at Cherry Street Pier! Join us & read more here.

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CANDID CONVERSATIONS: CITIES FOR ALL
Jul
10
6:00 PM18:00

CANDID CONVERSATIONS: CITIES FOR ALL

How can we build better cities for all? Join us at Co.act Detroit for a candid cross-city conversation with civic leaders from Detroit, Minneapolis & New Orleans:

Food from Yum Village. Video livestream by MILO.

Free & open to the public. Locals & travelers welcome.

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CANDID CONVERSATIONS: INVESTING IN PEOPLE
Jun
26
6:00 PM18:00

CANDID CONVERSATIONS: INVESTING IN PEOPLE

"Those closest to the problem are closest to the solution," as the saying goes. How do we get more dollars & resources in the hands of people to actualize ideas for their communities? Let's have a candid conversation about "capacity" — who has it, how to support it, and how to ensure people's time, knowledge and ideas are valued. Join us with special guests:

Video livestream by MILO. Food from Yum Village.

Free & open to the public. Locals & travelers welcome.

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CANDID CONVERSATIONS AT CO.ACT
Jun
12
6:00 PM18:00

CANDID CONVERSATIONS AT CO.ACT

How can we better tell our stories of community impact? Whether you're a non-profit leader, social entrepreneur or community organizer, capturing and communicating your work is key. Join us to learn ideas & strategies from some of our favorites:

Video livestream by MILO Agency. Food from Yumvillage.

Free & open to the public. Locals & travelers welcome.

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AN EVENING WITH KRISTA TIPPETT
May
23
6:30 PM18:30

AN EVENING WITH KRISTA TIPPETT

Urban Consulate goes to Chicagoland for a new series, A Year of Courageous Conversations, exploring our greatest challenge — how to live together in difference. Join us for An Evening with Krista Tippett, award-winning host of On Being and curator of The Civil Conversations Project.

  • Free & open to the public. All ages welcome.

  • Reserve your seat here.

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CANDID CONVERSATIONS: LANGUAGE OF REVITALIZATION
May
22
6:00 PM18:00

CANDID CONVERSATIONS: LANGUAGE OF REVITALIZATION

Before civic leaders head up to the Mackinac Policy Conference to talk about the city: Can we talk about the language of the non-profit industry? Is the jargon confusing? Are words dehumanizing? Can we be more intentional about our vocabulary when we talk about community "revitalization"?

Join us at Co.act Detroit with special guests:

Guest Assignment:

Let’s make a list: Which words make you curious, confused or cringe? Why?

Free & open to the public. Locals & travelers welcome.

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CANDID CONVERSATIONS: CLAIMING OUR SPACE
May
15
6:00 PM18:00

CANDID CONVERSATIONS: CLAIMING OUR SPACE

Join us for a candid cross-city conversation at Co.act Detroit with visiting innovators who are claiming space in their cities for creative community projects. How are they dreaming, designing & funding their work? What lessons & secrets can we share with one another?

Presented in partnership with Co.act, Detroit Innovation Fellows, New Economy Initiative and Aspen Institute Center for Urban Innovation. Free & open to the public. Locals & travelers welcome.

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CANDID CONVERSATIONS AT CO.ACT
Apr
24
6:00 PM18:00

CANDID CONVERSATIONS AT CO.ACT

How do we ensure everyone is counted in the 2020 Census? Join Urban Consulate at Co.act Detroit for a new series of candid conversations hosted by Orlando Bailey. Featuring special guests:

  • Donna Murray-Brown, Michigan Nonprofit Association

  • Victoria Kovari, Detroit 2020 Census Campaign

  • Melissa Smiley, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

Hosted at Co.act Detroit, 6568 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202.

Free & open to the public. All welcome.

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CITY LOBBY: JUST SPACES
Apr
16
6:00 PM18:00

CITY LOBBY: JUST SPACES

  • Philadelphia Community Access Media (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

What makes public spaces just? Join us at PhillyCAM for a talk & interactive workshop led by advisors to the Just Spaces initiative:

  • Erica D. Atwood comes with a disclaimer: she tells the truth from a place of love. Mentor, coach, people lover, problem solver and troublemaker—centers her work around this principle. Her proof is in her partnerships, which range from the boutique grassroots non-profit to mayor’s offices, national foundations to community organizations. Her imprint can be found in a history of engagements and initiatives that include the arts, racial and social justice, community revitalization and youth leadership. Erica has two decades of experience in communications, project management, community outreach, policy-making, and advocacy. She is an experienced public speaker, trained mediator, and an innovative facilitator. Erica engages everyone in her own village of clients and friends from a profound place of truth, told from a place of love.

  • Veronica O. Davis, PE, has experience in both urban planning and civil engineering. She is a transportation guru who uses her knowledge to spark progressive social change. As Co-owner and Principal of Nspiregreen, she is also responsible for the management of the major urban planning functions such as transportation planning, policy development, master planning, sustainability analysis, and long range planning. In July 2012, Veronica was recognized as a Champion of Change by the White House for her professional accomplishments and community advocacy, which includes co-founding Black Women Bike DC to increase the number of Black women and girls biking for fun, health, wellness, and transportation.

  • Andrew Stober joined the University City District (UCD) in January of 2016 after more than six years for the City of Philadelphia. As Vice President for Planning and Economic Development, Andrew oversees a portfolio that includes public space development and management, the Green City Works landscaping social enterprise, the UCD Transportation Management Association, and supporting neighborhood development. With support from the Knight Foundation Andrew is spearheading the Just Space initiative at UCD to advance social justice in the public spaces UCD manages and influences.

Hosted by Urban Consulate. Thanks to support from Knight Foundation and Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia.

Free & open to the public. Limited seating. RSVP here.

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CANDID CONVERSATIONS AT CO.ACT
Apr
10
6:00 PM18:00

CANDID CONVERSATIONS AT CO.ACT

We’re popping up in a new Detroit location for a new series of candid conversations. Join Urban Consulate at Co.act Detroit for a dialogue about the power of collaboration hosted by Orlando Bailey.

Featuring special guests:

Hosted at Co.act Detroit, 6568 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202

A taste of the Caribbean from YumVillage

Free & open to the public. All welcome!

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BETTER ARGUMENTS PROJECT
Mar
21
8:30 AM08:30

BETTER ARGUMENTS PROJECT

Urban Consulate is proud to partner with Aspen Institute, Facing History and Ourselves, and Allstate for The Better Arguments Project, a new national civic initiative created to help bridge ideological divides — not by papering over those divides, but by teaching Americans how to have better arguments.

Limited seating. Registration is now closed.

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SXSW: CAN CITIES BE LOCAL AND GLOBAL?
Mar
10
2:30 PM14:30

SXSW: CAN CITIES BE LOCAL AND GLOBAL?

Can cities be local and global? Join us at Amplify Philly House for SXSW in Austin, Texas for a cross-city conversation with special guests from Philadelphia, Detroit, New Orleans & Belfast. Register here.

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SXSW: LAND, COMMUNITY & THE FUTURE OF DETROIT
Mar
10
11:00 AM11:00

SXSW: LAND, COMMUNITY & THE FUTURE OF DETROIT

As American cities become more desirable places to live and do business, development pressures are growing in neighborhoods and communities that have long experienced disinvestment. In Detroit, residents are leading projects for communities to take ownership of land and steer the process of change. Hear from four Detroit Innovation Fellows who are leading projects to address long-standing issues like blight & environmental degradation while ensuring residents benefit from neighborhood change.

Join us at Michigan House for a conversation with special guests:

Register here.

The Detroit Innovation Fellowship is supported by New Economy Initiative. Michigan House is located at The Refinery, 612 Brazos Street in Austin, Texas.

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PARLOR TALK: URBAN WISDOM
Dec
13
6:00 PM18:00

PARLOR TALK: URBAN WISDOM

Join us in the parlor for a conversation with tried & true Detroiters who have remained steadfast to the city and engaged in their neighborhoods through thick & thin. What’s their advice to next generation city builders?

With special guests:

Hosted by Orlando Bailey. Thanks to support from New Economy Initiative & Knight Foundation. Free & open to the public. Locals & travelers welcome.

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TACTICAL URBANISM: DIPLOMACY EDITION
Nov
26
6:00 PM18:00

TACTICAL URBANISM: DIPLOMACY EDITION

Cities are the most diverse places in America — yet within our own borders, we’re still often segregated by race, class, culture & religion. So let’s hear five inspiring ideas to bring people together across difference. With special guests:

Free & open to the public. Cash bar. Locals & travelers welcome.

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PARLOR TALK: MITCHELL DAVIS, JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION
Nov
15
6:00 PM18:00

PARLOR TALK: MITCHELL DAVIS, JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION

Join us at the Scarab Club in Detroit for a conversation with special visiting guest Mitchell Davis, Chief Strategy Officer of the James Beard Foundation, based in New York City. Best known for awarding excellence in food, the organization has recently turned their attention to equity, including shifting their own policy to diversify their coveted awards. Writer & cook Tunde Wey sits down with Davis to discuss changing tides and moonshots for the future, with closing remarks by Devita Davison of FoodLab Detroit and Mark Kurlyandchik, food critic for the Detroit Free Press.

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ELECTION DAY: VOTE!
Nov
6
8:00 AM08:00

ELECTION DAY: VOTE!

Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote!

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PARLOR TALK: DREAM SPACE
Oct
4
6:00 PM18:00

PARLOR TALK: DREAM SPACE

What's your dream space to learn, think & dream in the city?

Join us at the Scarab Club for a conversation with three visionary Detroit Innovation Fellows who are transforming neighborhood spaces into community gathering places. What was their inspiration? How did they get started? And what are they imagining & planning for the future?

The Urban Consulate's Fall 2018 Parlor Talk Series is hosted by The Scarab Club, 217 Farnsworth in Detroit. Free & open to the public. First come, first seated.

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PARLOR TALK: R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Sep
20
6:00 PM18:00

PARLOR TALK: R-E-S-P-E-C-T

What does respect look like in urban policy & practice?

Join us at the beautiful Scarab Club for a conversation inspired by Ms. Franklin, with a city twist: Does Detroit get the respect it deserves from the region, state, world? What does "respectful" policy, planning & development look like? How can each of us contribute to greater respect for the city, inside & out? With special guests:

The Urban Consulate's Fall 2018 Parlor Talk Series is kindly hosted by The Scarab Club, 217 Farnsworth in Detroit. Free & open to the public. First come, first seated.

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MOBILE CONSULATE: PHILADELPHIA
Sep
15
7:00 PM19:00

MOBILE CONSULATE: PHILADELPHIA

  • South Street & 15th Street Philadelphia, PA USA (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Our Mobile Consulate will be popping up at the Philadelphia United Jazz Festival on Saturday, September 15 for conversations about the city. Come find us around 15th & South Street to trade stories & ideas.

  • Hosted by Michelle Freeman & Jermaine Jenkins

  • Thanks to support from Knight Foundation

  • Locals & travelers welcome

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ANDRE PERRY: WHY BLACK CITIES MATTER
Sep
6
6:00 PM18:00

ANDRE PERRY: WHY BLACK CITIES MATTER

"If Black Lives Matter, then Black cities must matter, too."

Join us at the beautiful Scarab Club in Detroit to kick-off our Fall 2018 parlor talk series with special visiting guest Dr. Andre Perry, David M. Rubenstein Fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution. Dr. Perry will share new research findings on majority Black places & institutions in America, focusing on valuable assets worthy of increased investment.

About Our Guest:

Dr. Perry's research focuses on race and structural inequality, education, and economic inclusion. Prior to his work at Brookings, Perry has been a founding dean, professor, award-winning journalist, and activist in the field of education.

In 2015, Perry served on Louisiana Governor-elect John Bel Edward’s K-12 education transition committee, as well as New Orleans Mayor-elect Mitch Landrieu’s transition team as its co-chair for education in 2010. In 2013, Perry founded the College of Urban Education at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, MI. Preceding his stint in Michigan, he was an associate professor of educational leadership at the University of New Orleans and served as CEO of the Capital One-University of New Orleans Charter Network.

Since 2013, Perry’s column on educational equity has appeared in the Hechinger Report, a nonprofit news organization focused on producing in-depth education journalism. Perry also contributes to TheRoot.com and the Washington Post. Perry’s views, opinions and educational leadership have been featured on CNNPBSNational Public RadioThe New Republic and NBC.

Perry’s academic writings have concentrated on race, structural inequality, and urban schools. For the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Perry co-authored School by School: The Transformation of New Orleans Public Education in "Resilience and Opportunity: Lessons from the U.S. Gulf Coast after Katrina and Rita," published by Brookings Institution Press. Perry also co-authored in "The Transformation of New Orleans Public Schools: Addressing System-Level Problems without a System," published by the Data Center of New Orleans. He also co-authored the chapter Between Public and Private: Politics, Governance, and the New Portfolio Models for Urban School Reform published on Harvard University Press. Along with the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Perry co-authored the report, PLACE MATTERS for Health in Orleans Parish: Ensuring Opportunities for Good Health for All.

A native of Pittsburgh, Perry earned his Ph.D. in education policy and leadership from the University of Maryland College Park.

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MOBILE CONSULATE: PHILADELPHIA
Aug
9
6:00 PM18:00

MOBILE CONSULATE: PHILADELPHIA

This summer, we're taking our conversations outdoors around the city! Find our pop-up parlor at Night Market Kensington, presented by The Food Trust. We'll be there Thursday, August 9, 6-10pm at Frankford Avenue & York Street. Stop by to say hi.

  • Hosted by Michelle Freeman & Jermaine Jenkins
  • Thanks to support from Knight Foundation
  • Locals & travelers welcome
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MOBILE CONSULATE: PHILADELPHIA
Jul
21
12:00 PM12:00

MOBILE CONSULATE: PHILADELPHIA

This summer, we're taking our conversations outdoors around the city! Find our pop-up parlor at the 12th Annual Lancaster Jazz & Arts Festival. We'll be there Saturday, July 21, 12-7pm at Penn Presbyterian’s Saunders Park Greene located at 39th and Powelton Avenue. Stop by to say hi.

  • Hosted by Michelle Freeman & Jermaine Jenkins
  • Thanks to support from Knight Foundation
  • Locals & travelers welcome
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URBAN EXCHANGE: DETROIT & PHILLY
Jul
19
6:00 PM18:00

URBAN EXCHANGE: DETROIT & PHILLY

We talk a lot about inclusive development — but who holds the keys? Join us in Philadelphia for special cross-city edition of City Lobby with Detroit & Philly changemakers working to make more space for local ownership, equity & agency. 

Detroit Guests:

Philadelphia Guests:

Free & open to the public. Hosted by Michelle Freeman, Jermaine Jenkins & Claire Nelson. Thanks to support from Knight Foundation. Locals & travelers welcome. 

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PARLOR TALK: PRESERVING SPACE FOR THE CULTURE
Jul
18
6:00 PM18:00

PARLOR TALK: PRESERVING SPACE FOR THE CULTURE

Join us for a conversation led by cultural placekeeper Lauren Hood about this moment of change in Detroit. Lauren has questions: As Detroit and other culturally rich cities across the country go the way of Anytown U.S.A., how do we define & uplift that which makes us unique? How do we maintain our cultural identity as the physical & social landscape shift? What is our “culture” here and how do we maintain it in light of powerful forces who knowingly or unwittingly erase or replace what is already here?

This will be the first in a series to discuss just some of the people, places & events that have shaped our cultural experiences and helped define the Detroit experience.

With Special Guests:

p.s. This is our last event at the Mackenzie House before we move to our next home. Hangout after for drinks, photos & music by Urban Organic.

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PARLOR TALK: CREATING THE CAFE OF OUR DREAMS
Jul
11
6:00 PM18:00

PARLOR TALK: CREATING THE CAFE OF OUR DREAMS

By applying all of FoodLab's guiding principles around equitable, just, diverse and fair food practices, a collaboration of Detroit women created an epic exploration of food and community called The Dream Cafe. In partnership with Allied Media Projects, urban farmers, local ally food businesses, food sovereignty organizers and chefs — centering people of color — created the pop-up at Cass Cafe during Allied Media Conference as a space to exchange knowledge & strategies with visitors from around the world who are using food to heal, empower & transform their communities. Join us in the parlor with the folks who were on the front line to hear how they did it & what they learned.

  • Ederique Goudia, Operations Manager, Dream Cafe
  • Le'Genevieve SquiresChef, Dream Cafe
  • Brittiany PeelerChef, Dream Cafe
  • Meg BurrittServer, Dream Cafe
  • Jenny Lee, Allied Media Projects
  • Serena Daniels, Food writer & moderator

Free & open to the public.

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NO PASSPORT REQUIRED: AFRICA
Jun
29
5:00 PM17:00

NO PASSPORT REQUIRED: AFRICA

How global is your Detroit? Join us in the parlor with Gracie Xavier of Global Detroit to meet Detroiters from around the world.

With Special Guests:

  • Ime Ekpenyong, entrepreneur — Ime is a second generation American, born in Harlem, New York City. At the age of 3, he relocated to Nigeria with his parents, and moved back to the US in 1993 to further his education. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of ScriptGuideRX, a Michigan-based Pharmacy Benefit Management Corporation. His entrepreneurial experience also includes a marketing consulting firm, a janitorial firm, a wristwear brand and Kola Lounge, a restaurant highlighting African/Caribbean cuisine & music. He has a BSc, an MBA and a PhD, and serves as an Adjunct Faculty professor at University of Riverside, California. Ime also serves as the president of the Michigan Chapter of Akwa Ibom State Association of Nigeria and belongs to several non-profit groups focused on helping improve the lives of people of African & Caribbean descent.
  • Ajara Alghali, Live6 — A Detroit native but global citizen, Ajara has spent much of her adult life traveling the globe, witnessing life across many cultures. She has visited 21 countries and has a natural curiosity and interest in diplomacy that she applies to her work in Detroit. A graduate of Wayne State University, she serves as a Program Manager for Live 6 in Northwest Detroit and is an alumni of the New American Leaders Project and the Great Lakes Leadership Academy. She also studies and teaches West African dance and has directed two documentaries. 

This is the third of a three-part conversation series happening Fridays 5-7pm in June. Free & open to the public.

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