Alaa Mohamed of the Global Switchboard offering a challenge to those gathered at CreativeMornings. Photo by Tara

Five Pittsburgh leaders issued a personal challenge in five areas (see below) to those attending the CreativeMornings event last Friday. The gathering at Point Park University kicked off the second day of the Inclusive Innovation Summit, an annual event for Pittsburghers to come together and share their visions for a more inclusive city.

The summit — in its fourth year — is a collaboration between the City of Pittsburgh, Department of Innovation & Performance and Urban Redevelopment Authority.

“To participate in the systemic changes required for a more inclusive society, we need radical personal practices,” said Nathan Darity, executive director of The Global Switchboard, who introduced the speakers. “We need to attune our bodies to become involved in what our eyes see, because it is not enough to notice.

“CreativeMornings Pittsburgh had the opportunity to kick off the Inclusive Innovation Summit, and our team worked with past speakers to frame a set of challenges to emphasize a set of personal practices that are widely accessible to all.”

At their next CreativeMornings event, on the last Friday of April, they will check in with those taking the challenge.

“We’ll return to these challenges and take testimony about the personal adjustments we’re making to embed these challenges into our daily lives, in service to the world we too often simply imagine,” said Darity.

Take a look at the five challenges and consider how you would respond. Comments welcome below!

Tracy Certo

Tracy is the founder and Editor at Large of NEXTpittsburgh which she started in March 2014 and sold in December 2020. She is passionate about making Pittsburgh a better place for all and connecting people to do the same.