SB2 is a bi-monthly community and business initiative produced by SRQ Magazine featuring a series of collaborative symposiums on key regional issues and topics. Hosted as a breakfast series in Sarasota at The Francis, SB2 focuses on the collaboration between Sarasota and Bradenton and catalyzes relevant and future-focused regional dialogue through a a keynote presentation and facilitated panel discussion with representatives from both counties on topics impacting our regional economy: from education to the environment, from economic development to philanthropy and from healthcare to tourism. Each symposium 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. Topics, opening presentations, panelists and speakers will be confirmed one to two months in advance of the symposium date as relevant community dialogue evolves.
Now, you can become an SB2 Annual VIP Member when you buy a season ticket, good for six consecutive SB2 Breakfast Symposia starting with the one closes to your purchase date. For $175/individual member, you will receive tickets and preferred seating to the upcoming six bimonthly breakfast symposia, based on purchase date. And, as a bonus, your season pass also gives you two VIP member tickets to SB2 Rumble Debates at the Powel Crosley Estate on February 28, 2017 and June 22, 2017. Click "Buy Tickets" to purchase your season pass.
Has Our Region Failed Our Young Professionals?
Prepare to have your preconceptions challenged when the rhetoricians take the stage at SRQ’s SB2 Rumbles!
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Registration and Light Bites/Wine: 5:30pm
Location: Powel Crosley Estate
8474 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida
Tickets: $25/person; Students $15/person, use "YPRUMBLE" for the promo code.
Join us in the Powel Crosley Mansion 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 though 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, an admiration of the art of rhetoric and a reminder that we should always challenge our own preconceptions in the face of overwhelming evidence.
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 distills 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 SB2 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.
Dialogue about the future of the Sarasota-Bradenton region has focused on the role young professionals play in the economy, culture, policies, philanthropy and business. Is the lack of attainable workforce housing to blame for the lack of young professional development and retention in the area or is it a predicament of job availability and marketplace wages? Are disagreements over noise ordinance evidence of our community's true commitment to making the region a welcoming place for young professionals to live and thrive? And what does the low voter turnout in the young professional demographic say about their influence over local and regional policies? What role does either apathy or lack of confidence in local leadership have to play in their political engagement? Where will we be in 20 years if we do not secure a thriving and growing millennial demographic—doing just fine or eroding our economic competitiveness? Has our region failed our young professionals?
Thank you to Leadership Sarasota and Alumni for partnering with SRQ Magazine on the February 28 program.
Our region has failed our young professionals.
The Powel Crosley Mansion, 8474 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida.
SRQ Rumbles Cocktail Series Sponsor
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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.