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Not On Our Watch

Sex trafficking is a national and global problem, but local and regional action may be the best way to start making a difference.

Seattle City Council member Tim Burgess moderates a panel on local sex trafficking and the solutions that local officials, survivors, and organizations are coming up with to fight trafficking. Sponsored by Stolen Youth and other organizations, the panel includes Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, Judge Barbara Mack, and representatives from local organizations, including YouthCare and the Center for Children and Youth Justice.

Not On Our Watch: Responding to Sex Trafficking Locally, Wed, January 29, 7:30–9:15pm, Great Hall at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $10

For Thursday

Hidden Pictures

Navos, a local organization serving low-income people and families with serious mental health challenges, is screening the new film Hidden Pictures: The Underexposed World of Global Mental Health. Delaney Ruston, producer and director, takes the audience across the globe to uncover the stories of those with mental illness, stories that are often ignored and untold. 

Hidden Pictures airs on PBS this spring, but you can see it now at this special screening. Director Ruston will be available after the one-hour film for questions. Reserve a spot now, though—seating is limited to 100.

Film Screening: Hidden Pictures, Thu, January 30, 5–8pm, Big Picture Movie Theater, 2505 First Ave, free.

Future of Work and Technology

As technology advances, people worry (with good reason) that too many jobs will be lost to automation.

However, Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, authors of The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies, have a different POV: that we can work with this technology to improve work environments and our economy.

Join Brynjolfsson and McAfee, along with Ramez Naam, technologist and CEO of Apex Nanotechnologies, for a discussion on the technological future of work and education. (Maybe they’ll let us know if Hoverboards are in the works? It’s almost 2015.)

Surviving the Technology Revolution, Thu, January 30, 7:30–8:30pm, Downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5

Clinical Trial Awareness

Clinical trials can lead to new drugs and treatments for a variety of diseases, as well as a little money for the participants, but the idea of actually doing one can be a bit scary.

The Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation is hosting an educational event: a discussion on clinical trials, the process, and the benefits of participating. The session will also include free health screenings, information booths with local healthcare professionals, and free food.

Aware for All: Clinical Research Education Day, Thu, January 30, 6–8pm (with info on display at 5), Great Hall at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, free (registration is encouraged).

For Friday

Greenways Drop-In Session

Seattle's Department of Transportation is working to build greenways across the city to keep streets safer. To share your opinions on the proposed greenway for 23rd Avenue, or to just get your questions answered, stop by this last drop-in session and meet with staff from the Central Area Neighborhood Greenway and the 23rd Avenue Corridor Project.

Neighborhood Greenways Drop-in Session, Fri, January 31, 4:30–7pm, Miller Park Community Center, 330 19th Ave E, free.

Advance Notice for February 12

Ignite! Seattle

Ignite! Seattle is a public-speaking series, started in 2006, that offers 5-minute presentations on just about any topic you can think of—consider them local, time-limited TEDtalks.

With only five minutes and a slideshow limited to 20 rotating slides, presenters will cover a range of topics. Some of last November's talks covered Shakespeare, Google Glass, food poisoning, and angry brides.

The night begins with a networking event at 7 before presentations start at 8.

Ignite! Seattle, Wed, February 12, 7pm, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5. 


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