Frishkoff: Why I GPLEX
I attend GPLEX in the revolutionary spirit of Franklin and Shakur, not Marx: “We must all hang together or most assuredly we will all hang separately” (Ben); “We can never go nowhere unless we share with each other, we gotta start makin' changes, learn to see me as a brother instead of two distant strangers” (Tupac); “I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member” (Groucho).
Seriously, this will be my fifth GPLEX and I am excited to participate once again because of you - the entrepreneurs & explorers, innovators & investors, reformers & revolutionaries. You have the audacity to believe that you may be leaders; the wisdom to recognize that your individual leadership is necessary, but insufficient, to address the challenges and opportunities confronting our city and region; and the good humor to include me in your company.
I bring to GPLEX 30 years of experience in affordable housing and community development and I come with a commitment to work with others to increase economic inclusion and equitable development in Philadelphia. I have an unapologetic expectation that GPLEX discussions and explorations will help me advance this work; otherwise it just wouldn’t be worth the time and money. However, I have learned that the unsought and unexpected interactions at GPLEX can be equally enriching. Examples from previous years have included discussions of James Joyce, critiques of hospital architecture, and community-building karaoke.
I look forward to strengthening ties and furthering collective work with those of you whom I know already, and to making the acquaintance of those of you who are currently strangers. In both instances, I seek co-conspirators who enjoy a bit of singing and dancing. To paraphrase Emma Goldman, if I can't dance – or at least karaoke – I don't want to be part of your revolution.