The Arena Summit: Building Next Generation Leaders

Shortly after Donald Trump won the 2016 election, Ravi Gupta and Swati Mylavarapu knew they had to do something to better our democracy, so together, they co-founded The Arena.

The Arena is a little mix of everything for progressive politics: Not only is it a community of next generation leaders, but it’s also an accelerator program for civic entrepreneurs looking to take an idea and put it into practice. And for aspiring candidates, it’s a candidate training mechanism with guidance on personal narratives and campaigning. Lastly, to put a nice little bow on it, it’s accessible. They offer scholarships and fellowships for folks to apply to if they don’t have the financial means to attend a Summit on their own.

Their motto is an ode to the preamble of the Constitution: “A More Perfect Union” (and a reference to Barack Obama’s famous 2008 speech on race in Philadelphia during the general election).

You may recall that the preamble begins, “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

Diving deeper into the words of our Founders and Framers, it’s clear we need to revisit them in the context of 2017, and that’s exactly what The Arena hopes to do.

One year after their founding, on December 8th/9th, The Arena will be holding their fourth summit, this time in Phoenix, AZ featuring DeRay McKesson, Jason Kander, Randy Bryce (Paul Ryan Challenger), Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, and a whole host of other prominent politicos.

Millennial Politics will be in attendance and Live-Streaming as many sessions as possible on our Live Raise channel. If you make it out there or will be in attendance, come say hey!

Nathan is the founder of Millennial Politics and a concerned citizen who hopes to inspire others to get involved in our democracy. He is on the Executive Committee of the Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats, and you can find him on Twitter @NathanHRubin.


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