The mission of The Philadelphia Citizen is twofold: to provide deeply reported journalism that emphasizes solutions to advance our region and to actively reignite citizenship in and around Philadelphia. Recognizing that media that chronicles only what’s wrong without considering how to address underlying issues is only doing half a job, The Citizen provides not just facts, but context and remedies. By promoting and supporting Philadelphia’s positive change agents and taking to task the business-as-usual crowd, The Citizen underscores the role that each of us can play in charting Philadelphia’s way forward.
The Philadelphia Citizen offers straightforward prescriptions for ordinary Philadelphians to become more active participants in the life of their city, serving as a one stop shop for civic engagement. In addition to its regularly published web-based content, since 2014, The Citizen has curated a Philadelphia-focused symposium series featuring established and emerging thought-leaders interacting with a young, diverse, ultra-engaged audience.
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The Citizen events are not marketing endeavor to push a brand; they are content in and of themselves. They offer Philadelphians the opportunity to participate in a distinctly old-school type of social networking through real time, face to face conversations with the politicians, newsmakers and policy experts who make a direct impact on the region’s quality of life.
It was the fall of 2012, and four friends, all recent college grads—Nick Valilis, Rahul Jain, Hareesh Ganesan, and Ankur Aggarwal—were ready to make their mark on the world. As the others headed into consulting and technology law, Valilis started medical school—and just one week in, received a devastating diagnosis of a rare form of … Continue reading Business for Good: A pillbox with heart
In 2013, Sanjay Patel noticed a common theme while riding the train in London during a trip to visit his sister: Groups of kids often rode the train wearing soccer gear. Patel, who had been living in Atlanta, Georgia for nearly two decades, was no stranger to the train; he had been riding it in … Continue reading Ideas We Should Steal: StationSoccer
At the heart of every conversation about education reform is, essentially, the same thought experiment: Our public school system, as we know it, was designed in the late 1800s. It came with timelines deciding what every child would learn at what age, bells telling students when to change classes, and standards—the one part that has … Continue reading The Citizen Recommends: Envisioning Education