Philippa Hughes is a Cultural Strategist and Creative Placemaker. She examines the personal transformation that follows from seeking discomfort and from living life with passion, generosity, curiosity, and boldness. After the 2016 election, she was taken by the vast divide in our country, and the lack of civil discourse. So she started hosting dinners with acquaintances from both sides of the aisle. Watch Phillipa explain how we can all see our way to civil discourse.
Philippa Hughes is a Cultural Strategist and Creative Placemaker. With Blueberries & Cherries, she invites politically diverse guests to break bread and talk to each other face-to-face over a home cooked meal and to engage in civil discourse that is unfiltered by the lens of political punditry and by the anonymity and bias of social media. Through the Citizen Innovation Lab, she designs temporary creative placemaking projects that bring people together who might not normally meet to engage in dialogue and meaningful interaction. Fueled by the transformative power of art, the Lab constructs human-centered activations in inspiring environments that facilitate connections between neighbors, reinforce community bonds, and strengthen relationships. She writes a weekly subscriber-based email called Pink Line Project that contains picks for off-the-beaten-path arts and culture events, exhibitions, and happenings around DC. She also speaks about personal transformation that follows from seeking discomfort and from living life with passion, generosity, curiosity, and boldness. Philippa has been featured in PBS Newshour, NPR, The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, among numerous other media. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at ted.com/tedx