Echoing Green on The Today Show

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Sep. 06, 2019

A 2019 Echoing Green Fellow, Antoine Patton is a 32-year-old father who taught himself to code while he was incarcerated and then developed an app with his 13-year-old daughter that makes it easier for kids to communicate with their incarcerated parents.

As a result of PKPR’s work, Antoine and his daughter Jay Jay, as well as Echoing Green President Cheryl Dorsey, were featured in an amazing segment on The Today Show. It was part of Lester Holt’s Justice for All series looking at the state of justice in America.

Permalink | Posted on Sep 06, 2019 at 6:29 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk
Client: Echoing Green

Restore Oakland in CityLab, Architectural Digest

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Sep. 05, 2019

In 2017, PKPR client Deanna Van Buren delivered a TED Talk - What a World Without Prisons Could Look Like— that has been viewed more than one million times. This month, her vision moves closer to reality with the opening of Restore Oakland, a 20,000 square foot center in Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood that is home to one of the nation’s first spaces dedicated to restorative justice.

Restorative justice brings together the victim and the perpetrator to resolve the harm caused, outside of a court. Restore Oakland will work with the Alameda County District Attorney’s office to divert cases involving people aged 15 to 24 into the restorative justice program. The process should take place outside of traditional courthouses and government buildings, which tend to be windowless, oppressive, and punitive. At Restore Oakland, the Restorative Justice Rooms are painted in a peaceful and calming sky blue, there are multiple large windows, and chairs are arranged in a circle in the tradition of peace circles used by many Native American cultures.

PKPR secured coverage for the opening in The Atlantic’s CityLab, Architectural Digest, and YES! Magazine.

Permalink | Posted on Sep 05, 2019 at 6:47 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk
Client: Designing Justice + Designing Spaces

ESI Design on The Weather Channel

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Aug. 15, 2019

PKPR secured an appearance on The Weather Channel for ESI Design founder Ed Schlossberg to discuss a massive light-art installation that draws on local weather data to create abstract light patterns that recall sunlight rippling through trees, rain falling, and clouds scudding across the sky. The installation at Chicago’s 35-story skyscraper at 151 North Franklin turns the concrete wall that once made the outdoor terrace feel narrow and cramped into an urban oasis.

Other coverage highlights include Curbed, NBC Chicago, Dexigner, Art Critique, SEGD, and AV Magazine.

Permalink | Posted on Aug 15, 2019 at 7:20 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk
Client: ESI Design

Trint scores 2020 candidates

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Aug. 13, 2019

Bernie Sanders’ accent may sound strange to some people outside of New York, but it doesn’t pose any comprehension problems for artificial intelligence.

In a Trint test of how well AI can understand the 2020 presidential candidates, Sanders landed a perfect score, with AI transcribing all of his words correctly, including recognizing “faw-tee” as “forty”  and “pov-a-tee” as “poverty.”

Check out some of the coverage in Metro, Axios, Washington Examiner, and Poynter

Permalink | Posted on Aug 13, 2019 at 7:41 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk
Client: Trint

Momaday wins 2019 Dayton Literary Peace Prize

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Aug. 01, 2019

Writer N. Scott Momaday, who is widely credited with spearheading the breakthrough of Native American literature into the mainstream, will receive the Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award, organizers of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize announced this week. A Kiowa Indian, Momaday is the author of Pulitzer Prize-winning novel House Made of Dawn (1968) and The Way to Rainy Mountain (1969). 

Coverage highlights include USA Today, PBS NewsHour, Houston Chronicle, Native News, BookWeb, Poets and Writers, and Lit Hub.   

Permalink | Posted on Aug 01, 2019 at 4:04 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk
Client: Dayton Literary Peace Prize

Trint unveils new features

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jul. 02, 2019

Trint has unveiled a series of new features that takes automated transcription to the next level. These features include call recording, a host of new collaboration tools, and a brand new video player. Coverage in industry publications has included MediaPost, Poynter, Broadcast Bridge, Mobile Syrup, TechRadar, Podcast Business Journal, and Inside Radio.

Permalink | Posted on Jul 02, 2019 at 12:20 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk
Client: Trint

Echoing Green announced 2019 Fellows

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jul. 01, 2019

PKPR helped facilitate the announcement of the 2019 Echoing Green Fellows, the Fellowship program that counts former First Lady Michelle Obama, CNN host Van Jones, and Teach for America founder Wendy Kopp.

The Echoing Green Fellowship provides unrestricted seed funding of up to $90,000, training, and programmatic support for two years, as well as lifelong access into a global network of leading philanthropists, investors, and entrepreneurs.

PKPR secured coverage for Black Male Achievement category fellow Antoine Patton in Black Enterprise, Colorlines, and WNYC . Other fellow coverage included Philanthropy News Digest, Inside Philanthropy, Revolt TV4, Impact Alpha, and Crain’s Cleveland Business

Permalink | Posted on Jul 01, 2019 at 5:51 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk
Client: Echoing Green

The Knight Foundation announces Public Space Fellows

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jun. 21, 2019

Seven innovators from across the United States were named Knight Public Spaces Fellows this week. The Fellows include leaders who created or influenced great public spaces that strengthened community engagement and connection, including Robert Hammond, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the High Line, and Erin Salazar, Founder and Executive Director of Exhibition District. Fellows each received $150,000 in recognition of their contributions and to advance their work.

PKPR helped coordinate coverage for the overall announcement, as well as individual coverage for each of the seven fellows.

Highlights included: Architect Magazine, Philadelphia Inquirer, San Jose Mercury News, The Architect’s Newspaper, SF Gate, Smart Cities Dive, Generocity, The Registry, Smart Cities World, and East Bay Times.


Permalink | Posted on Jun 21, 2019 at 4:09 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk
Client: The Knight Foundation

Mozilla Gets Creative to Highlight AI’s Impact

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jun. 18, 2019

To raise awareness about the unintended consequences of artificial intelligence, Mozilla has funded a series of films, games, and art projects that will be launching over the next few months.

PKPR has secured coverage for the initial projects including:

- A simulation that reveals the hidden biases in dating apps (Wired - This Dating App Exposes the Monstrous Bias of Algorithms; Mashable - “A dating app for literal monsters exposes the bias in our swipes”)

- A whimsical tool that puts a spotlight on automated censorship (The Verge - “Designers built an AI penis detector to protest Google’s prudish doodles”)

- A film that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival exposing the dangers of facial recognition software (Engadget - “An AR film explores the worst tech companies could do with your face”).

Stay tuned for the worldwide launch of the film, Stealing Ur Feelings, online later this summer.

Permalink | Posted on Jun 18, 2019 at 8:06 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk
Client: Mozilla Foundation

Raves for new Statue of Liberty Museum

By Patrick Kowalczyk

May. 31, 2019

The new Statue of Liberty Museum, with exhibits created by experience design studio ESI Design, officially opened on May 16th.

PKPR helped coordinate several press tours for design, architecture, and arts media, resulting in over 50 stories that highlighted ESI Design’s work, over 70 percent of which quoted ESI Design founder Edwin Schlossberg or other ESI spokespersons.

Highlights included the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine, WNYC, Business Insider, Metropolis, Architectural Digest, Slate, My Modern Met, New York Post, Fast Company, Quartz, Untapped Cities, 6sqft, and Dexigner.

Permalink | Posted on May 31, 2019 at 6:09 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk
Client: ESI Design

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