Knight Blog

The blog of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

New Leaders Council Philadelphia expands training program

April 16, 2014, 8:56 a.m., Posted by Kellan White


Kellan White is co-director of New Leaders Council Philadelphia, which Knight Foundation supports to help recruit and train the city’s next generation of leaders. Photo credit: New Leaders Council Philadelphia.

At some point every leader answers the call of leadership. They are faced with a challenge, they make a choice and then they take action. Too often these actions are done in silos and though small change is accomplished, that change is not sustainable. When leaders seek out other leaders and break the silos, they accomplish real sustainable change. This is why I joined the 2013 New Leaders Council Fellowship class and became co-director of New Leaders Council Philadelphia in September.

New Leaders Council is a nonprofit that recruits, trains and promotes the progressive political entrepreneurs of tomorrow: trendsetters, elected officials and civically engaged leaders in business and industry who will shape the future.

In Philadelphia, there is the belief that as a city we will do better depending on the contributions of the next generation of leaders. The New Leaders Council gives young leaders the opportunity to sharpen their skills and build their networks to effectively collaborate and create change. We do this not just in Philadelphia but in 30 other cities and regions across the United States, including Miami, Missoula, Mont., New York and San Francisco.

Designing a common living room for the people of Charlotte, N.C.

April 16, 2014, 8:56 a.m., Posted by Susan Patterson

The Human Scale official trailer via YouTube

In the months ahead, people who live, work and play in Uptown Charlotte will have a chance to imagine what North Tryon Street could become.

Tryon Street – in the museum mile stretching from the cultural campus at the south end to the McColl Center for Visual Art at the north end – is the spine of our center city. The southern end has become a lively, dynamic destination for Uptown workers and out-of-town visitors. Corporate towers dominate the streetscape.

The northern half of Tryon has important civic assets as well, but the area is less developed as you move away from The Square. There are fewer and lower towers, empty lots and parking lots, and some publicly owned land available for future development. As many see it, there’s the opportunity.

In just one block, for example, we have Discovery Place, our popular science museum, the main branch of the public library, and our beloved sanctuary-turned-performance-hall, called Spirit Square. What if their physical spaces and programming were created in concert? I could imagine this area in the heart of Uptown becoming the city’s new living room, a place where people of all ages from all areas of town would come together to mix and mingle and share ideas.


Miami events build network of ideas

April 15, 2014, 10:10 a.m., Posted by Matt Haggman

eMerge Americas: Join the Movement, via YouTube.

This month we’re gearing up for eMerge Americas from May 1-6 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The event will bring together global industry leaders, investors and Latin America’s top business executives, technologists and entrepreneurs.

Visit the Knight Foundation booth during the eMerge Americas Techweek expo from May 5-6 for demos from rising startups and insights from established local entrepreneurs. Register here.

However, there’s also a lot happening in April. Here’s a look at some Knight-supported Miami events happening this month:

• April 15-May 1: The O, Miami 2014 poetry festival continues with films, music, readings and more. Visit for a full list of events.

• April 15: Brainfood at The LAB presents Albert Santolo, as part of its entrepreneur speaker series.

• April 17: The Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research will hold its first “Doing Well by Doing Good” event, inviting participants to attend angel investor learning seminars. For more information contact: (space is limited).

• April 17-20: Chicas Poderosas Miami, an immersive hands-on digital storytelling workshop, takes place at Univision and the University of Miami School of Communication. The event is organized by the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) with the support of Knight Foundation. ICFJ Knight International Journalism Fellow Mariana Santos created Chicas Poderosas during her fellowship year.

• April 21: Don Shoup, a professor of urban planning at UCLA, will speak on “The High Cost of Free Parking” at a Townhouse Center event.

• April 22: Join me at a Meet KF Miami Breakfast to discuss Knight’s work in the community. The event is free.

• April 24-25: Smart City Startups will bring together startups, investors, foundations and civic leaders to explore how we can help startups solve urban challenges.

• May 1: MIAMI SOUP, which helps make great community ideas a reality, will hold its first Miami event.

• May 1: Tech Cocktail, the entrepreneur networking and media company, will hold its Miami Sessions with Open English founder & CEO Andrés Moreno.

• May 1-6: eMerge Americas brings together global industry leaders, investors and Latin America’s top business executives, technologists and entrepreneurs. Register here.