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On the Parallax podcast, host Liz Brown speaks with local perspectives to better understand the steps Philadelphia must take to generate a more inclusive, equitable and advanced innovation economy.

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On the Parallax podcast, host Liz Brown speaks with local perspectives to better understand the steps Philadelphia must take to generate a more inclusive, equitable and advanced innovation economy.

    Bruce Katz: How cities will lead the response to 21st century challenges

    Bruce Katz: How cities will lead the response to 21st century challenges

    Bruce Katz is a Distinguished Fellow at the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation and the Director of the Nowak Metro Finance Lab at Drexel University. The lab was founded in 2018 to help cities develop innovative strategies to leverage public assets and fund infrastructure for public benefit — with a focus on supporting inclusive and equitable growth.

    Prior to his work at Drexel University, Katz was the inaugural Centennial Scholar at the Brookings Institution. He served as Chief of Staff to Henry Cisneros, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, from 1993 to 1996. In 2008, he was a senior advisor to Shaun Donovan, the first Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under the Obama Administration.

    In the recent book, The New Localism: How Cities Can Thrive in the Age of Populism, Katz and the late Jeremy Nowak focus on the rise of cities and urban networks as the world’s change-makers of the 21st century.

    Katz and Nowak argue that addressing the social, economic, and environmental challenges of this century will require a bottom-up approach. The two urban experts call for a shift of power downward from national and state governments to cities and metropolitan communities.

    In this conversation, Katz expands on the ideas of New Localism, discusses why urban areas are centers of innovation, and explains how Philadelphia can strengthen its innovation ecosystem around a commitment to inclusion, equity and sustainable growth.

    • 36 min
    Eppchez! : Escaping the boundaries of definition

    Eppchez! : Escaping the boundaries of definition

    The creative energy of Eppchez! escapes the walls of definition. Eir interdisciplinary work leaps across the boundaries of writing, performance, art, music and design in an endless quest of self-discovery and self-actualization.

    In 2012, Eppchez! created Alma's Engine, a production company to develop eir work across a variety of performance genres. Alma’s Engine has since produced six works in the past six years, including Training: A One Troll Show and Publik Private.

    Recently, Eppchez! was named a Leeway Foundation Artist-in-Residence at the Philadelphia makerspace NextFab. At NextFab, ey are working on a non-binary design project called Darb Garb that applies the use of creative technology to design gender-affirming wearables that help non-binary people claim and honor themselves. Eppchez considers the work part of eir vocation as a gender doula, helping individuals discover their authentic selves.

    • 24 min
    Dr. Jamie Bracey: Brilliance hiding in plain sight

    Dr. Jamie Bracey: Brilliance hiding in plain sight

    At the Center for Inclusive Competitiveness at Temple University, Dr. Jamie Bracey-Green is determined to improve the performance of underrepresented young Americans in local, national and global innovation economies.

    In this conversation, she discusses the personal experiences that drove her to become an active leader in this effort, how the center is working to achieve its goal and the steps that Philadelphia can take to cultivate the brilliance that she sees "hidden in plain sight."

    • 33 min
    Dr. Youngmoo Kim: A transdisciplinary approach to innovation

    Dr. Youngmoo Kim: A transdisciplinary approach to innovation

    Dr. Youngmoo Kim, Director of the ExCITe Center at Drexel University, helps kick off the Parallax podcast with a discussion on the importance of transdisciplinary collaboration and an inclusive approach to innovation.

    • 29 min
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    On the Parallax podcast, host Liz Brown speaks with local perspectives to better understand the steps Philadelphia must take to generate a more inclusive, equitable and advanced innovation economy.

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