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Bill Strickland:
Rebuilding a neighborhood with beauty, dignity, hope

TED2002 · 35:28 · Filmed Feb 2002

Bill Strickland tells a quiet and astonishing tale of redemption through arts, music, and unlikely partnerships.

Social innovator
As a Pittsburgh youth besieged by racism in the crumbling remains of the steel economy, Bill Strickland should have been one of the Rust Belt's casualties. Instead, he discovered the potter's wheel, and the transforming power of fountains, irrepressible dreams, and the slide show. Full bio