Reporters speak with entrepreneurs at the 2019 event, Funding the Hustle.

Shake the Table

Shake the Table is a long-term community engagement and reporting initiative that will hold elected officials accountable to the concerns of Philadelphians who have been systematically excluded from decision-making in our city. The initiative is in partnership with the Scattergood Foundation and will focus on how the next Mayor, and the next class of Councilmembers, will assess and reform the city systems with which Philadelphia residents come into most frequent contact.

Community-led accountability for city systems

There are a multitude of known and unknown challenges in how Philadelphians navigate through departments such as including Licenses and Inspections, 311, Behavioral Health, and more. Over the next year, Resolve Philly and Shake the Table partners will use deep community engagement to surface stories, pain points, and potential solutions for these areas of city government. This, in turn, will power and inform 2023 election coverage and public conversations with candidates as well as debates. By situating community narratives and experiences front and center for candidates, Philadelphia’s next class of leadership will be compelled to explain their plans to improve these departments. Ultimately, Resolve Philly will also develop a digital tool for the tracking of progress of candidate promises, ensuring accountability at least through the next Mayor’s first term in office.

 

The health and well-being of our city’s communities is inextricably tied to residents’ abilities to access city government and its services. Shake the Table recognizes that voters should be empowered to cast their ballots for Philadelphia’s next leadership based, in part, on which candidates plan to address these core issues. There are many organizations doing exceptional work around voter information and engagement, civic literacy, and more. Shake the Table will work to build partnerships and alliances, intent on achieving the most collaborative impact as possible. Resolve is excited about initial collaboration with Better Civics and The Economy League of Greater Philadelphia and is looking forward to building out relationships with other organizations across Philly, from neighborhood organizations to city institutions.

 

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