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.
Last month, an Inquirer story by Sean Collins Walsh delved into the seeming incongruity of Helen Gym, widely seen as the leader of Philly’s progressive movement, not only refusing to condemn, but standing behind, indicted Councilmember Bobby Henon. Despite the fact that Henon, a longtime Electricians Union operative, faces federal charges of public corruption, misusing … Continue reading Reformer vs. Progressive
In the early days of this year, we’ve been heartened by the changing behavior of institutional investors toward climate: divesting from the bad and investing in the good. Earlier this month, for example, New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio and London Mayor Sadiq Kahn launched the latest version of their Divest/Invest campaign to persuade cities … Continue reading Can Big Money Rescue the Climate?