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    The Minneapolis Idea eXchange (MiX) blends culture, stirs thought, and kindles solutions by bringing the community together to foster ideas that power our community. An initiative of the mpls downtown council's Intersections: The Downtown 2025 Plan, MiX inspires discourse and engagement through talks, panels, workshops, performances and exhibitions that celebrate the ingenuity and talent rooted in Minneapolis. It provides an opportunity to connect, collaborate and innovate.

    At the heart of innovation is the ability to step away from what we know and ask, 'What if?' MiX aims to set the stage to support us all as we ask the difficult or often unasked questions as we look to address the challenges we face as well as the opportunities just prime for us and the city of Minneapolis to embrace. A huge component of this supportive community is diversity of people, perspectives, experiences and cultures. We want them all at the table for a well-rounded MiX of conversation.

    MiX 2017 will be design-thinking based and focused on models of businesses and organizations that cross over traditional structures into more integrated and aligned approaches and outcomes. Are you part of a for-profit business that seeks to be aligned with something more meaningful or socially relevant? Are you an employee of a non-profit organization that needs a jolt of business acumen and established processes to hold everyone accountable and thrive?  Join us as partners in these spaces showcase examples through the people ushering these models forward.

    The cross-collaborative part of MiX rests with our activism-based facilitator, dynamic panel and you, the engaged attendee. After hearing the models and results the panel has to share, the facilitator will guide the audience in interaction to explore how a business/organization blended model could contribute to solving community issues and provide opportunities for civic engagement.

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    Facilitator: Jim Delaney (Engine for Good)

    Panelists: 

    Joy King (Be The Match), Liz Tupper (Software for Good), Ravi Norman (Thor Construction), Tyler Van Eps (Matter NGO)

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    4:30 pm: Networking

    5:00 pm: Program (The Innovative Mindset - Elena Imaretska, Brave New Workshop; For the Greater Good Collaborations panel; Interactive Session - audience exercise in collaboration between for- and non-profits)

    7:00 pm: Social Innovation Project

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