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After our year of reporting on economic obstacles and opportunities in Philadelphia and beyond, join this event at Venture Café to hear from the people who made it.

Thriving audio documentary participants. (Photos by Dominique Nichole; graphic by

This report is part of Thriving, a yearlong storytelling initiative from focused on the lived experiences of Philadelphia and comparative city residents. The goal is to generate insights about the economic opportunities and obstacles along their journeys to financial security. Here's who we're focusing on and why.

What can 10 lives teach us about the future of a city?

Over the last year,’s Thriving reporting project has sought the nuance of lived experience to balance the data on paths to prosperity.

To do that, we’ve dug especially deep into 10 slices of demography, including reporting, focus groups and following one person who represents each of those persona groups. The project will culminate with an audio documentary, produced by our friends at Rowhome Productions.

Our reporting spanned the country, though the audio documentary got specific: We followed 10 Philadelphians for a year and now will share what obstacles and opportunities they confronted to economically thrive. The big project goal? Give us rich people stories to inspire meaningful change. Join us in person for a preview of those stories.

On Thursday, Sept. 21, will launch the Thriving audio documentary during a special event at Venture Café at the University City Science Center in Philadelphia. We’ll listen to a trailer for the 10-episode podcast, and discuss the project with participants. The first full episode of the podcast will go live that night.

The event is free and open to the public.

Register here

The evening’s agenda:

  • 5:30 p.m. — Doors open with refreshments
  • 6 p.m. — Welcome and introductory remarks, including from me, CEO Christopher Wink
  • 6:15 p.m. — Thriving project discussion, featuring audio documentary reporter Nichole Currie and project adviser and Humanature founder Michael O’Bryan
  • 7 p.m. — Event concludes

The Thriving project has been made possible because of the generous support of the William Penn Foundation, Pew Charitable Trusts and the Knight Foundation.

Companies: Knight Foundation / Pew Charitable Trusts / University City Science Center / William Penn Foundation /
Series: Thriving
People: Michael O’Bryan / Christopher Wink

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