DYNAMIC SYMPOSIUM CONVERSATIONS ON REGIONAL ISSUES

About the SRQ SB2 Symposium Series: Sarasota and Bradenton

SB2 is a community and business initiative produced by SRQ Magazine featuring a series of collaborative luncheons, modified oxford style debates and powerful parleys on key regional issues and topics. SB2 focuses on the collaboration between Sarasota and Bradenton and catalyzes relevant and future-focused regional dialogue on topics impacting our regional economy: from education to the environment, from economic development to philanthropy and from healthcare to tourism.

SB2 Luncheons  

SB2 is a community and business initiative comprised of 3 annual symposia luncheons devoted to key regional issues and topics. SB2 focuses on the collaboration between Sarasota and Bradenton and catalyzes relevant and future-focused regional dialogue through a keynote presentation and facilitated panel discussion with representatives from both counties on topics impacting our local economy.

Each luncheon features an in-depth keynote presentation from a notable regional expert in the field who joins the panel to expand on the context of the topic and deliver fresh perspective on how our community fits into the broader picture of the state, region and country. Adding to the engagement-centric atmosphere, SB2 will also feature an awards ceremony during each luncheon celebrating local groundbreakers, change-agent entrepreneurs and philanthropy stars. Topics, opening presentations, panelists and speakers will be confirmed one to two months in advance of the symposium date as relevant community dialogue evolves.

SB2 Rumbles and Parleys

SRQ hosts lively debates and vigorous dialogue on issues that some consider “too hot to handle.” This series tackles challenging topics relevant to the Sarasota–Bradenton region and inspire a return to perspective over preconceptions, respectful disagreement and an admiration for the art of rhetoric.

SRQ Rumble Debates are modified Oxford-style debates that present a thoughtful "for" and "against" position on a motion. Community members are selected and invited to debate the motion relevant to both Sarasota and Bradenton and provide the community with articulate, well-researched, presentations on both sides of a motion structured around transparent and civil public dialogue. Audience members will vote either "for" or "against" the motion at the beginning and end of the debate. The winner is determined by the team who sways the audience to their position. 

SRQ Rumble Parleys are pointed panel discussions covering specific highly-charged topics impacting our region. Notable experts from both Sarasota and Bradenton will engage in deep-dive dialogue and thoughtful perspective and analysis on potentially divisive regional issues. 

SB2 Annual VIP Member Pass 

Now, you can become an SB2 Annual VIP Member when you buy a season ticket, good for three consecutive SB2 Breakfast Symposiums starting with the one closest to your purchase date. For $175/individual member, you will receive tickets to the 3 luncheons on November 30, 2017, January 25, 2018 and July 26, 2018 at The Francis, Sarasota and preferred seating based on purchase date. As a bonus, your season pass also gives you two VIP member tickets to the SRQ Rumble Debates at the Sainer Pavilion at New College on September 26, 2017 and The Powel Crosley Estate on February 20, 2018. Click "Buy Tickets" to purchase your season pass. 

SB2 Breakfast Symposia Series

Hosted at The Francis
1289 N. Palm Avenue, Sarasota, Florida

Breakfast buffet 7:30am – 9:00am

SB2 Rumbles Debate Series

Hosted at the Powel Crosley Estate
8374 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243

Cocktails and Hors d'oeuvres 5:00 – 7:00pm

SB2 Breakfast Symposium Series Events

Nov 30
2017
SB2 Luncheon | Philanthropic Agenda | SRQ Gives Good Innovation in Philanthropy Awards (Sarasota)
The SRQ Philanthropy Agenda luncheon and panel discussion will explore the dynamic and ever changing world of non-profits. What's trending, who's innovating, why are donor-advised funds growing so rapidly and what exactly are donors looking for? The luncheon will culminate with presentation of the SRQ Gives Good Innovation in Philanthropy Award honoring community leaders in the nonprofit sector who are contributing to our region's philanthropic strength with their forward-thinking initiatives and perspectives and the SRQ Civility Leadership Award will be presented to an individual who has paved the way to success through respectful and collaborative engagement with the community.


Jan 25
2018
SB2 Luncheon | State of the Economy | SRQ Tribute to Business Entrepreneur of the Year Awards (Sarasota)
The SRQ State of the Economy luncheon and panel discussion will explore the link and symbiotic relationship between Entrepreneurship and Tourism on Florida's Gulfcoast. The luncheon will culminate with presentation of the SRQ Entrepreneur of the Year Award honoring area trailblazers whose initiative and business savvy are helping our region grow and the SRQ Millennial Leadership Award celebrating young movers-and shakers in our area's independent sector


Jul 26
2018
SB2 Luncheon | Transformation in Philanthropy | SRQ Gives Good Local Philanthropy Hero Awards (Sarasota)
The SRQ Transformation in Philanthropy luncheon and panel discussion will celebrate philanthropic groundbreakers and how they have transformed their organizations by thinking outside the box and demonstrating that growth, mission and bottom line can be complimentary factors in nonprofit transformation. The luncheon will culminate with presentation of the SRQ Local Philanthropy Hero Award honoring area trailblazers whose imitative and business savvy are benefitting our region and the SRQ Leadership in Diversity Award celebrating an individual who exemplifies the power of diversity in a myriad of demographic arenas and perspectives.


SB2 Rumble Events

Sep 26
2017
SRQ RUMBLE: Sarasota, How Does Your City Grow?

Sarasota, How Does Your City Grow?

Prepare to have your preconceptions challenged when the rhetoricians take the stage at SRQ Rumbles!

Registration and Light Bites/Wine: 5:30pm
Program: 5:45-7pm
Location: Mildred Sainer Pavillion
5313 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243
Tickets: $25/person

Join us at the Mildred Sainer Pavillion, New College for lively debates on issues that some consider “too hot to handle” where our modified Oxford-style debate gives us civil discourse designed to sway through both factual information and rhetorical skill. Attendees are asked their position on the topic of the day before and after the debate–the success of the participants being judged on those they sway from their initial positions. SRQ launched SB2 to bring together our two sister counties with collaborative programming-now, with our Rumbles we will inspire a return to respectful disagreement, and admiration of the art of rhetoric and a reminder that we should always challenge our own preconceptions in the face of overwhelming evidence.

Can You Rock the Sway?

Based on a modified Oxford Style debate, the SRQ Rumbles tackle challenging topics relevant to the Sarasota–Bradenton region by presenting a thoughtful "for" and "against" position on a motion that distils the topic. Community members are selected and invited to debate a motion relevant to both Sarasota and Bradenton. To further develop perspective-taking skills in advancing civil dialogue, teams are randomly assigned. The purpose of the SRQ Rumbles is to provide the community with articulate, well-researched, presentations on both sides of the motion structured around transparent and civil public dialogue. Audience members will vote either "for" or "against" the motion at the beginning and end of the debate. The winner is determined by the team who sways the audience to their position.

Background to the Motion

STOP! is a group of citizens from all areas of the City of Sarasota concerned about zoning codes that create looming buildings with narrow sidewalks. Are citizens shut out of the decision-making process? Is there such a thing as bad growth? Do we risk losing opportunity with increased restrictions? Don’t miss this lively debate featuring civil discourse designed to sway positions through factual information and rhetorical skill. Prepare to have your preconceptions challenged.

 

Motion:

Sarasota should require public hearings for all large proposals in the downtown development review process.

Location:

Mildred Sainer Pavillion 5313 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243

Panelists

Against The Motion
Kevin Cooper
President & CEO, Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce
Against The Motion
Chris Gallagher
Partner, HOYT Architects
Against The Motion
Javi Suarez
Principal, Apex-Studio Suarez
For The Motion
Eileen Normile
STOP! Steering Committee Member & Former City Commissioner
For The Motion
Kate Lowman
STOP! Steering Committee Member
For The Motion
Mollie Cardamone
STOP! Steering Committee & Former Mayor and City Commissioner


SB2 Symposia and SB2 Rumble Sponsors

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SRQ Rumbles Cocktail Series Sponsor

  

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SB2 Sponsorship and Tickets

To become either an SB2 series sponsor or an event sponsor for a specific symposium, contact Ashley Grant at 941-365-7702 x205. For tickets and other event inquiries, contact us at 941-365-7702 x221.

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