The future of Philadelphia is a puzzle to be solved. From poverty and social problems, to city government reforms and creating new green spaces, there are a whole range of issues Philadelphians need to tackle if we are going to make sure that we all benefit from new opportunities for our city.  Someone who is looking especially closely at this puzzle is renowned sociologist and economist Dr Richard Florida, author of the bestselling 2004 book, The Rise of the Creative Class, which explored the growing role of creativity in the American economy.
On Tuesday, March 19, Global Philadelphia Association’s Executive Director Zabeth Teelucksingh attended an internationally-focused lecture at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI). The lecture, entitled, “Who Will Feed India?,” was given by Dr. Ashok Gulati, the current Infosys Chair Professor for Agriculture at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER).
Philadelphia is a World Heritage City, where we recognize and celebrate the rich history and culture of our African-American community every day. Black History Month offers a special opportunity to learn more about this wealth of heritage.
The Print Center recently named Ksenia Nouril as the new Jensen Bryan Curator, acknowledging a transformational gift from supporters Julie Jensen Bryan and Robert Bryan. With a PhD in Art History from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey in New Brunswick, Nouril has a history of curating teams dedicated to researching, cataloging, and interpreting modernist photographic history.
When it comes to the history of our country's founding and the American Revolution, you can't go without mentioning George Washington. Washington became our nation's first president (1789 - 97) and, with the new U.S. Constitution ratified, the new republic was beginning to legitimize as a sovereign independent power.
The Civic Education Consortium is an informal, nonpartisan gathering of several significant civic organizations in Philadelphia, including the Global Philadelphia Association (GPA). All of these organizations’ work touches in some way on K-12 or adult education, and all of them see the need for civic education to be improved and expanded among young people and adults alike in the Greater Philadelphia area.
Simply put, 2018 was a great year for Philadelphia. From the Eagles’ stunning Super Bowl triumph, to the unveiling of a new hockey mascot who quickly endeared himself to the world through countless GIFs and memes, to being named GQ’s City of the Year, the past 12 months put our city in the national and global spotlight like never before.
This past November, the Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC) held its regional conference for Northern Europe and North American World Heritage cities in Amsterdam, Netherlands. During the conference, the attendees discussed global strategies and future efforts for World Heritage cities. In attendance, Global Philadelphia Association’s Executive Director Zabeth Teelucksingh and Executive Director of the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia Paul Steinke represented the city of Philadelphia.
In December 2018, it was announced that eight of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural masterpieces are on the nominee list to be considered for a UNESCO World Heritage designation. Wright, one of the most respected and admired architects worldwide, expresses the uniqueness of America and its various regions through the presentation of his buildings of the 20th century.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MARCH 22! In partnership with the Organization of World Heritage Council (OWHC), Global Philadelphia Association is holding a video contest and we want your submissions.
The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) is internationally known for its rare and unique collections of paintings, sculptures, and works on paper.  In collaboration with the San José Museum of Art (SJMA), PAFA is currently partnering with Rina Banerjee and her one-of-a-kind exhibit entitled, Make Me A Summary of the World.
The American Bible Society is making a new contribution to Philadelphia’s global and economic impact with their Faith and Liberty Discovery Center. The new project, which broke ground on December 13, aims to help citizens and tourists alike to understand the importance of the Bible, and how it has changed those who changed America. (Photo credit: American Bible)
Kenneth R. Fulmer, PE, is the current President and CEO of Urban Engineers, a multidisciplinary planning, design, environmental, and construction support services consulting firm, established in 1960. With headquarters in Philadelphia and with 15 total offices nationwide, Urban Engineers has grown from a staff of seven to one with 450 employees. Could you elaborate on your role at Urban Engineers?
Sam Katz has been producing, directing, and developing historical documentaries for ten years. Prior to launching his production company, History Making Productions (HMP), Sam spent much of his career in municipal and project finance, private equity, civic leadership, and politics, including running for Mayor of Philadelphia in 1991, 1999, and 2003.
Jurate Krokys is a veteran urban educator. Recently retired as Assistant Superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia, she has been working in education for 40 years, including 11 years as CEO and Founding Principal of Independence Charter School (ICS). 
On November 17th, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) hosted a panel discussion about the city of Philadelphia and the perception of the city from the outside. The panel consisted of Leah Douglas, Director of Image and Chief Curator at Philadelphia International Airport; Peter Gonzales, President and CEO of Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians; and Josh Sevin, President and CEO of International House Philadelphia. The panel was moderated by Global Philadelphia Association’s very own Board Chair, John F. Smith, III.
Through the annals of history, particularly in Philadelphia's history, there are moments of great achievement in the development of a new nation. Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, the Declaration of Independence, and the celebration of those achievements on July 4th all come to mind.