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The BLK SHP (“Black Sheep”) are some of America’s leading creative thinkers, writers, policy-makers, artists and entrepreneurs — and they’re embarking on a bus trip across the United States in search of America’s “True North.” The bus tour will bring leading influencers and doers on a journey into small towns, former industrial heartlands, and into resilient communities to exchange views and sketch out a vision for America’s path forward.
In partnership with Pittsburgh thought leaders, the BLK SHP will engage in conversations around five major themes: (1) the state of new economy in America, (2) the state of government, (3) the state of education, (4) the state of culture and civic society, and (5) the state of our natural environment.
At the end of the tour, they will produce a documentary film and series of articles that sketch out a vision for America’s True North — curated from the stories and narratives of the leaders with which they engaged along the way.
The BLK SHP are coming to Pittsburgh on May 4 to learn from local leaders who are working to reinvent Pittsburgh from the ground up — bringing national attention to Pittsburgh’s story.
Engage the BLK SHP for a morning panel discussion uncovering Pittsburgh’s “True North” — through pairings of BLK SHP and local leaders innovating in the fields of new economy, education, and culture & civic society.
Moderated by Larry Berger, Saturday Light Brigade
Pete Maher – CO-Founder, LUMA Institute
Saleem Ghubril – Executive Director, The Pittsburgh Promise
Nikole Sheaffer – Director of Innovation, Frick Environmental Charter School
Chris Chavez – Founder, Prime Produce
Moderated by Todd Owens, Nonprofit Talent
Matthew Bishop – US Business Editor, The Economist
Kenya Boswell & Matt Zieger – Founding Partners, UpPrize
William Generett Jr. – President & CEO, Urban Innovation 21
Moderated by Tracy Certo, Next Pittsburgh
Alexa Clay – Author, The Misfit Economy
Nathan Martin – Founder & CEO, Deeplocal
Harold O’Neal – Jazz Musician & Activist
Ronnie Cho – Vice President of Public Affairs, MTV
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