And Justice For All – the final four words of the Pledge of Allegiance – embodied the powerful theme of the annual TEDxPhiladelphia 2015 conference. The daylong multidisciplinary conference brought together 14 engaging speakers, performers, and participants to explore issues of access and equity, spark conversations that matter, and showcase great ideas for building more just cities.
Our interest in this phrase is not motivated by politics or blind patriotism, but by a deep belief in the directness and simplicity of its sentiment – the ideal of equality, social equity, and economic justice which is at the root of this country’s founding and its enduring and evolving identity and value. Liberty and justice, after all, touch on such important notions as access, fairness, opportunity and democracy as well as their ever-present threats.
In this sense, the pledge is not just a piece of sentimental Americana, but a lens through which we may begin to refocus, sharpen, clarify, and reinvigorate the meanings of these fundamental ideals for Philadelphia, the birthplace of our nation and its democratic ideals.
TEDxPhiladelphia 2015 was held at Temple Performing Arts Center, one of our city’s premiere venues, located at 1837 North Broad Street on Temple University’s campus.
Speaker talk topics run the gamut, from exposing the threat of modern surveillance systems, to new ideas for community policing, social-impact real estate, advancements in the fight to protect the legal rights and interests of children at risk, and the accessibility and affordability of rehabilitation robots.
The TEDxPhiladelphia 2015 speaker roster includes: Brigitte Daniel, Gregory Heller, Stacy Holland, Jesse Krimes, Marsha Levick, David Norse, Ronnie Polaneczky, Michelle Johnson, Yasmine Mustafa, Charles H. Ramsey, Jeffrey Rosen, Fabricio Rodriguez, Rosa Sheng, and Antonio (Tony) Valdés. Full bios are available below.
Erica Atwood, Director of Black Male Engagement for the Office of Mayor Michael A. Nutter, City of Philadelphia, will emcee the conference.
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