Get a fresh take on the intellectual happenings in the community at the refreshed learnOPEN.org portal. Inside find a full run down of Signature OPEN Experiences this fall - from Aresty Speakers to OPEN Conversations. While there, check out the expanded OPEN Channel for brief videos of events you may have missed. With so many more ways to connect - there is truly something for everybody. That's a smarter, better connected city, learning together!
OPEN Aresty Speaker, Pulitzer Prize winning author Gilbert King, kicked off the 2019/2020 season with a SOLD OUT event at Lynn Pippenger Hall. His presentation, Words Matter: Awakening Social Justice through Storytelling was followed by a enlightening discussion moderated by the Honorable Judge E. Williams of Florida's Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court.
If you missed it, check out the stream on Facebook.
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Join us for an OPEN Conversation with Delaney Reynolds (19), college student and lead plaintiff in Reynolds Vs. State of Florida case. Called an “Eco Warrior” and one of the leading voices for the environment of her generation, this Marine Science major founded The Sink or Swim Project to educate and advocate for sea level rise and climate change solutions.
Following her presentation there will be a panel discussion with others activiely engaged in finding climate solutions in Florida, including the Sustainability Coordinator for the City of St. Petersburg - Alexandria Hancock.
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Frontiers: Explore the World of Science and Research
Why do we consistently under prepare for high-consequence, low-probability events; especially when it comes to climate change?
At this year’s Initiative on Coastal Adaptation and Resilience (iCAR) Conference; Aresty Speaker Robert Meyer, co-author of The Ostrich Paradox, and co-director of the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center, will help us understand why, as humans, we are so poor at dealing with risk.
Stick around after the talk to participate in another Mayoral Leadership Panel with mayors from coastal cities across the state and country.
Common Ground: Through storytelling, Art, and Civic Dialogue
The theme of the evening was breaking bread together with love and compassion. In unison with the St. Pete Iftar Committee and the City of St. Petersburg, OPEN joined an interfaith alliance and over 850 local community members for dinner and fellowship at the St. Pete Coliseum on May 29th, 2019.