New venue, same great company

photos by Michelle Montgomery

February’s Grid Alive might have seen a change in venue for our loyal audience members, but we still brought the same fun, enlightenment and humor to the stage as always. On Feb. 18, our inimitable hosts, Grid publisher Alex Mulcahy and Head and the Hand founder Nic Esposito took the stage at the beautiful International House near the Drexel University campus, bringing their pun-tastic dad jokes with them.
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November Grid Alive!

Hosted by Grid publisher Alex Mulcahy and Nic Esposito founder of The Head & The Hand publishers, November's Grid Alive featured a wide range of topics, from construction waste to home energy efficiency. As doors opened at 6 p.m., guests were treated to a snack spread by Rolling Barrel Events and table exhibitions that included event sponsor Clean Currents, as well as Solar States, Bennet Compost, Energy Coordinating Agency and University of Pennsylvania's Masters of Environmental Science.
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Get Great Grid Gifts at the Next Grid Alive!

Grid Alive! is coming, Thursday, November 14! And in addition to snacks, beer and ice cream -- and fascinating interviews -- you can also jump-start your holiday shopping with a selection of great Grid gifts, including our new Grid gift bag, which includes: a limited edition Grid tote from fabric horse, a Grid T-shirt of your choice, and copies of Judy Wicks' memoir Good Morning Beautiful Business and Drift, the acclaimed GMO thriller from Grid editor in chief Jon McGoran (who will be on hand to sign and personalize books). Visit the Grid store for more information, to order great Grid gifts or to register for Grid Alive

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Grid Alive at the Academy!

"Grid Alive" changed things up on Thursday, July 18, with a free show at The Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. After a reception featuring food from 12th Street Catering and Stonefly IPA from Saucony Brewing Company, the crowd of 200-plus filed into the Academy’s auditorium for the main event. Guests included Beth Miller of the Community Design Collaborative and Joanne Dahme of the Philadelphia Water Department, both of whom talked about stormwater and the Soak It Up! design competition, which was the focus of an insert in the current issue of Grid. Also on hand was Gabriel Mandujano, founder of Wash Cycle Laundry Inc., which is now delivering Grid to our distribution pints throughout the city. Music was provided by Birdie Busch, accompanied by guitarist Carl Cheeseman, as well as Grid Alive regular Samantha Wittchen.

Special thanks go out to Sara Steele, Erin Johnson and everyone at the Academy of Natural Sciences for their help in making a very special evening. The next Grid Alive will take place September 5, 2013. See you there!

Grid Alive Celebrates 50 Issues

More than 100 people showed up for Grid Alive on Friday, May 10, to celebrate Grid's 50th issue, enjoy great food and beverages, listen to fascinating conversation and great live music, and say hi to old friends and meet some new ones. 

Guests Judy Wicks, William Woys Weaver and Rob Fleming were entertaining and informative and musical guest Todd Henkin and company, while maybe not quite as informative, was absolutely entertaining. 

Sponsored by Clean Currents Energy, the event also featured wine and beer and a selection of great cheeses from Rolling Barrel Events. Also at the event was a representative of Solar States. Stay tuned for details on the next action-packed Grid Alive, scheduled for Thursday, July 11. 

Grid Alive: Judy Wicks, William Woys Weaver & Rob Fleming Help Celebrate our 50th Issue!

Discussing Equal Dollars at the last Grid Alive are (l to r) Bob Fishman, Deneene Brockington, Nic Esposito and Alex MulcahyGrid Alive is coming up May 10, and this could be the best one yet! The June Grid is at the printer — our 50th issue! — and will soon be all over town. We will be celebrating with headliner Judy Wicks, who graces the cover, along with special guests Rob Fleming and William Woys Weaver, and live music provided by Todd Henkin of The Great Unknown. Beer and wine will be provided by Rolling Barrel Events, and the whole thing is just $5! Seating is limited, so visit to reserve your place.
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Catch up on last month's Grid Alive with our latest podcast

If you missed our most recent Grid Alive event or just want to relive our monthly gathering of Philadelphia’s sustainable community, don’t worry, you can access our new podcast of the evening! The event featured discussions with the folks from Hidden City Philadelphia and Equal Dollars Community Currency, a musical performance by Sean Hoots, and more. After you check out the podcast, save the date for our next Grid Alive, happening May 10 at Trinity Memorial Church.

Below is a timeline of the show so you can skip around to the parts that most interest you, though we figure you won’t want to miss a second! The podcast can be downloaded here.

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Grid Alive brings sustainability and musical guests to the stage

Thanks to everyone who came out last night for the return of Grid Alive. We had a great evening with our guests and hope you enjoyed the discussion.

From this month’s cover story, we had Bob Fishman from the Resources for Human Development and Denenne Brockington from Equal Dollars. The pair talked about their work with Equal Dollars and how the alternative currency is an “equalizer” among community members, eliminating the competition associated with U.S. currency. We also had Nathaniel Popkin and Peter Woodall from Hidden City reflect on last month’s preservation issue. They talked about revitalizing Philadelphia’s urban fabric, as well as the work of Hidden City Daily and the importance of robust, local journalism.

Other guests included the Philadelphia Seed Exchange, which hosted a seed share, and Sean Hoots who treated the audience to a special acoustic performance.   

For those who missed the event don’t worry, we’ll have a podcast of the evening up shortly where you’ll be able to hear the full interviews with our guests.