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Breaking Through Gridlock: How to have difficult conversations in a polarized country

February 28, 2019 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Indy Hall Co-Working Space, 399 Market Street (Colonial Penn Building)Third floor, suite #360
Philadelphia,PA19106United States

Think about the last time you tried to talk with someone about politics or social issues who didn’t already agree with you. How well did it go? It’s getting harder and harder for us to have productive conversations about social issues that matter the most to us, which is widening the gap between Americans and ruining Thanksgiving dinners.  (Unfortunately, Adele can’t fix everything.) Civic Series is a public event series to help adults learn and talk about the most critical issues of our time, like North Korea, Israel-Palestine, racial…

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Nationalism: Here, There, and Everywhere?

March 13, 2019 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Boston Athenaeum, 10 ½ Beacon St
Boston,MA02108United States

The President of the United States declared himself a nationalist and joined an increasing number of far-right leaders in Russia, Germany, Brazil, and Turkey. For the last two decades, the focus of cooperation and globalization has helped grow economies and bring prosperity to most, but clearly not all. As countries start to build diplomatic barriers against each other, decades-old global relationships are dissolving and across the world power is shifting toward isolationism and new allegiances are being formed. Join us…

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What’s the Deal with Gentrification in Austin?

March 26, 2019 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Capital Factory, 701 Brazos St Suite 1600
Austin,TX78701United States

Every up and coming city hears the same refrain - gentrification is spreading. New York saw it transform neighborhood after neighborhood, from SoHo to the East Village to Brooklyn. For the past decade, we've seen a similar movement in Austin. Recent reports suggest about 150 people move to Austin every day. This, in turn, leads to more food trucks, coffee shops, breweries, etc. What does gentrification mean for the city as a whole? Is it a force aligned with improving…

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Cannabis 101: Molecules, Markets, … Mayhem?

April 24, 2019 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
HI Boston, 19 Stuart Street
Boston,MA02116United States

In 2016, Massachusetts voted to legalize recreational marijuana. We wanted laws that empower disenfranchised communities and grow a healthy stream of taxes. But not all of our dreams came true. Now that stores are opening, many of us are wondering about weed… What are cannabinoids and terpenes? Why are stores taking so long to open? Is it really legal? Why is my mom using it? How do I open a pot shop? What about driver safety? What about the environment?…

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