Newsletter: October, 2019
Why are a wave of youth advocates using the law to take action against climate change?

On September 14th, one week before the United Nations Climate Change Summit, one of those young "Eco Warriors" paid St. Petersburg a visit. She was joined by another plaintiff in the suit brought against the state of Florida, as well as Dick Jacobs, a retired and prominent lawyer. Together, they discussed why the suit was brought, and how it is playing out in the courts. Their's is part of a larger movement nationwide called Our Children's Trust. To learn more, and follow their action, visit   
Why are we so poor at preparing for natural disasters? Aresty Speaker Robert Meyer has a few reasons to share.

Immediately following this keynote address, mayors of coastal cities from across the nation, including Anapolis, MD, will join St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman for a candid conversation on how cities are adapting to climate change and sea-level rise. 

Tuesday, October 29, 1:00 PM 

RSVP for Aresty Speaker Robert Meyer

Theme Frontiers - Explore the World of Science & Research!
St. Pete's "walkability" has been part of it's charm and draw. But will we lose that as we grow?

OPEN and Preserve the 'Burg partner to bring you an evening with renowned urban planner Jeff Speck to discuss the importance of walkability in building an engaged, healthy, and economically viable community. 

The event is also made possible thanks to the support of The Palladium, AARP, St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership, Smith & Associates Real Estate, and Duke Energy.

Wednesday, November 13, 7:00 PM (VIP Reception 6:00 PM) 
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What can India teach Tampa Bay about sustainability? Apparently a lot. 

Vimlendu Jha is an activist and social entrepreneur operating from Delhi, India, known for his innovative and unconventional approaches to contemporary environmental and social issues.
Tuesday, December 3, 6:30 PM

Learn more about Aresty Speaker Vimlendu Jha

Theme Radical Schools - A fresh take on learning intersecting education, music and sports
See the fall Aresty Season lineup
OPEN Aresty Speaker, Pulitzer Prize winning author Gilbert King kicked off the 2019/2020 season with a poignant event at Lynn Pippenger Hall. His presentation, Words Matter: Awakening Social Justice through Storytelling was followed by an enlightening discussion moderated by the Honorable Judge E. Williams of Florida's Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court. Dr. Katurah Jenkins-Hall, President of Legacy 56 gave closing remarks and a call to action for our collective future.
If you missed it, you can check out the stream on Facebook.

This OPEN Conversaiton will feature 28 journalists, from 25 countries!

We are pleased to announce - OPEN and World Partnerships have joined together to develop new and novel approaches that bring global perspectives to local and regional community engagement.

Together OPEN and World Partnership educate the world about Americans, and educate Americans about the World.

Check out the story at WUSF Public Media to learn more.

Thursday, October 3, 6:30 PM

Seating is limited, so RSVP now! 

St. Petersburg celebrates Indigenous Peoples’ Day by Reconnecting Human+Nature

Our native elders have long recognized the impact of what happens to a culture when we separate ourselves from the natural world; harmony and balance go missing.

Monday, October 14, 6:30 PM

Reserve your seat here.

OPEN and World Partnerships welcomes a panel of 8 women leaders from Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia!

“Hidden No More” is the name of the US Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) special initiatives focused on empowering women leaders worldwide in the STEM fields.

Monday, November 4, 6:30 PM

Reserve your seat here.

Leaders and other stakeholders in the local hospitality space gathered to have an OPEN Conversation on how Tampa Bay can become known for hospitality and service in Florida and beyond.

The short answer -- it’s about building a learning community and culture around hospitality. Building capacity for a learning community is what OPEN does best - and cultivating culture is at the core of
USFSP’s new Hospitality Leadership Training Program.
Learn more about fall's OPEN Conversations
OPEN is proud to partner with Your Real Stories and the City of St. Petersburg

To bring you an evening of music, dance, and dynamic theatrical storytelling at the historic Manhattan Casino, where Louis Armstrong would play for black audiences when he came to a segregated St. Petersburg. Come share in the conversation about what made Satchmo so special. If you've never experienced a Your Real Stories event - you won't want to miss this one! 

Friday, October 11, 8:00 PM (VIP 6:30 PM)
The (R)evolution of Indigenous Food Systems of North America

Sean Sherman (Oglala Lakota) is founder of The Sioux Chef and a leader in the movement to revitalize Native American cuisine. His book, The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen, earned a 2018 James Beard Award and was a top 10 cookbook of 2017. Join Sherman for an engaging discussion about his life and work, followed by a book signing.

Saturday, October 12, 11:00 AM

Poynter Community Conversation with Candi Carter, executive producer of “The View,” moderated by Katie Sanders, PolitiFact managing editor

ABC’s “The View” has become an essential campaign stop for Democrats and must-watch TV for Republicans. 

How did this daytime talk show become what the New York Times called “the most important political TV show in America”? And what does that say about journalism, politics and our culture?

Sunday, October 13, 7:30 PM (VIP Reception 5:30 PM)

Learn more and register here.

Ten inspiring people. Ten uplifting stories.

OPEN is proud to partner with Imagine Museum for their hit event TEN X TEN. Sold out on every occasion, TEN X TEN is taking their show on the road – and in November they will be at the Lynn Pippenger Hall Auditorium at the Kate Tiedemann College of Business on the USF St. Petersburg campus. 

Wednesday, November 20, 6:30 PM

Learn more here.
Legacy-56 presents the 2nd Annual Sankofa Series honoring the legacy of Dr. Cyd Campbell, FAAP.

Legacy-56 is proud to honor Dr. Cyd Campbell, a St. Petersburg native and board-certified pediatrician, specializing in behavioral and developmental pediatrics. Dr. Campbell has 30 years of medical practice and leadership experience and has been successful in addressing quality improvement for special needs populations and the behavioral health system of care.

Friday, October 18, 6:00 PM & Saturday, October 19, 7:15 PM

Learn more and reserve your seat
Artificial Intelligence: Good or Evil?

Headlines barrage us with warning that artificial intelligence (e.g., robotics, automation, data analytics, deep learning, etc.) might just be evil. Despite these alarms, there is evidence that dispels the evil myth of technology and builds a hopeful case for a promising future.

Wednesday, October 30, 6:00 PM

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There is something for everyone this fall at OPEN!

Many thanks to our partners at Community Foundation of Tampa Bay for helping all of us find Common Ground - through storytelling, art, and civic dialogue with their generous support of our Common Ground theme.
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