Pilcrow House is a gathering place in Philadelphia for the curious, the opinionated, and the hungry.

Pilcrow House is on break and will return in 2020.

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The 2019 Fall Season

September 18th, 2019

Dan Runcie @ Zahav

The economics of hip-hop

“We can learn just as much about business models and strategic planning from Rihanna as we can from Elon Musk.” — Dan Runcie


In 2018, hip-hop counted for 25% of all music consumed. Meanwhile, its artists are expanding empires that are dominating sports, tech, and entertainment. To understand this dynamic is to understand how culture and business operate in 2019. Dan Runcie obsessively chronicles the strategy behind hip-hop's smartest movers as the founder of Trapital. His cant-miss newsletter is read by executives, venture capitalists, and professional athletes. He is based in San Francisco, California.



November 4th, 2019

Dr. Sarah Taber @ Osteria

The future of agriculture in America

“If we’re serious about building food systems that are sustainable and robust in the long term, we need to learn from how farming’s been done for most of human history: collaboratively.” — Dr. Sarah Taber


To understand America’s farming communities is to understand immigration, international trade, nutrition, and animal rights. With more than 20 years of experience researching and writing about America’s farms, Dr. Sarah Taber is your guide to the chaos. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post and New York Magazine, among others. She is the author of the upcoming book Root Causes, detailing what American agriculture could (and should) be. She is based in Fayetteville, North Carolina.



November 20th, 2019

Matt Stoller @ The Fitler Club

Monopolies and the future of the Democratic party

“The United States must place democracy at the heart of its commercial sphere once again... The prevailing culture must be re-geared, so that the republic may be born anew.” — Matt Stoller


The 2016 election wasn’t a “Black Swan” event—it was the culmination of years of policy choices and corporate power plays. As a fellow at the Open Markets Institute, Matt Stoller's insights on concentrated financial power and the Democratic party in the 20th century have appeared in The Atlantic, Washington Post, and The New York Times among others. He is also the author of the upcoming book: Goliath: The 100-Year War Between Monopoly Power and Democracy. He is based in Washington, D.C.



December 11th, 2019

Jillian Richardson @ Giuseppe's

America's loneliness epidemic

“What we really desire is intimacy, and to feel like we belong. In order to make that happen, we need to fundamentally change our social lives.” — Jillian Richardson


It’s one of the paradoxes of our day: we’re more “connected” than ever, yet loneliness is at an all-time high. Jillian Richardson, author of Unlonely Planet and founder of The Joy List, is obsessed with making the world a less lonely place. She advises companies including Thrive Global and TheSkimm on creating community. At this Pilcrow House event, we’ll discuss how to thoughtfully overcome loneliness in our lives and in the workplace. Jillian is based in New York City, New York.


The “Pilcrow” or paragraph symbol (ℙ) is the mark of a new idea, a bold signal, but one that exists only in the context of the intellectual progress that has come before.

America’s political and cultural landscape is rapidly changing, and many of us are left trying to piece together cable news, social media, and an endless cavalcade of noise and information.

Enter Pilcrow House. A place where you and some new friends will take part in a candid and informative conversation about the ideas that matter most to our communities.

All reservations include food and beverage.


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