All About Philly: TEDx bringing conference on “The City” to Philadelphia

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Last year’s sold out success, TEDxPhilly, will be making its second appearance next Tuesday, November 8. This year’s theme is “The City” and features speakers, performers, and exhibitors who will share their experiences and perspectives of being part of Philadelphia. The all-day “idea” conference is multidisciplinary and will include architects, educators, urban planners, journalists, filmmakers, business people and more. 

Some featured speakers will be Glen J. Abrams, Philadelphia Water Department’s manager of Policy and Strategic Initiative; Dr. Jeffrey Brenner, founder of the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers; Haas&Hahn, Dutch street artists; and even GRID’s own Marisa McClellan, a food writer, canning enthusiast, and soon-to-be cookbook author. 

TED is a nonprofit organization formed in the early 1980s to unite the worlds of technology, entertainment, and design. TEDxPhilly is spin-off in the independently organized event series, designed to foster the forming, sharing and spreading of ideas. This year’s Philly conference will provide interactive opportunities for both attendees and speakers to share “the lived experience of city life through high-energy exchange of ideas.” The event will also host local community exhibitors and vendors. 

Tickets are still available. Admission is $100 and includes the day’s TEDxTalks, a catered lunch, refreshments and the post-event reception. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

November 8, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Temple Performing Arts Center (1837 N. Broad St.)

- Anna Louise Neiger