A PDE Pod is a way for a community to demonstrate its commitment to protecting our right to public displays of pure self-expression. The idea is for a PDE Pod to be installed in communities where business license and vendor permit codes have been updated to include an exemption for public displays of pure self-expression.
A PDE Pod is a large scale, public art sculpture, that also serves as a platform for constitutionally protected public displays of 'pure self-expression'. While it could stand on its own as a sculpture worthy of public investment, it will also include features, such as hooks, shelves, seating, and weather protection, that make it easier, and therefore encourage Artists or other protected speakers to conduct their expressive activities. A plaque could also be included at the site that explains our rights and their limitations.
It will serve as a long standing symbol for the communities belief in the importance of and commitment to, the "Market place of Ideas". By establishing a space for the free exchange of ideas, we are ensuring the exists of a robust "Market-place of ideas" that is essential to maintaining our individual liberty and ensuring our collective interests. By engaging with challenging ideas and the creative people that make them, we are offered an opportunity to look differently at the world and question our place in it. Without these opportunities, we may never encounter ideas that run contrary to mainstream narrative. Over time, the location of the installation can become known as a place to go to both share your ideas, and find others sharing theirs as well.