The Minneapolis Idea Exchange (MiX), an initiative of the Minneapolis Downtown Council’s Intersections: Downtown 2025 Plan, will kick off MiX 2015 for three days of inspirational idea sharing.
To provide inspiration MiX is bringing in a collection of keynote speakers that will address the crowd at Westminster Presbyterian Church, including Pixar animator Pete Docter on Monday, Sept. 28, social justice advocate Tavis Smiley on Thursday, Oct. 1 and healthier communities advocate Dan Buettner on Friday, Oct. 2.
“We want to learn from leaders and empower the Minneapolis community to draw from these ideas to implement community collaboration right here in our city,” said Tim Hart-Andersen and Mary Shaffer, co-chairs of the 2025 Plan MiX Committee. “Their creativity and passion will shape the discussions we want our community to have around issues that are top of mind for us.”
In addition to three sessions—two evening and one mid-day—attendees will have the opportunity to interact, share their views on community or simply take in the experience on Nicollet Mall and 12th Street in downtown Minneapolis. The Piazza on the Mall, located next to the church, will feature activities hosted by MiX program partners and sponsors including The Art Institutes International Minnesota, Beatrix Jar, Brave New Workshop, Independent Filmmaker Project – MN, Million Artists Movement, North Memorial Health Care Clinics and YWCA of Minneapolis.
Cathy Wurzer will be the guest moderator for Pete Docter’s Monday presentation and MPR News personality Toni Randolph will be the guest moderator for Tavis Smiley’s Thursday presentation.
Activities will include a screening of the Pixar movie, Up, live improv activities, music, food from Simply Steve’s Food Truck and GastoTruck and a cash bar. The Piazza on the Mall will open at 5:00 p.m. on Monday and Thursday and 11:00 a.m. on Friday. It will remain open throughout the keynote speakers and immediately following their presentations.
MiX, in partnership with the 35th annual Westminster Town Hall Forum, is supported by
Ryan Companies, a commercial real estate firm providing design-build construction, real estate development, and real estate management services; North Memorial Health Care, renowned for high-quality Level I trauma care, two award-winning hospitals, and a full range of primary and specialty clinics, two Urgency Centers, two urgent care clinics, outpatient centers, medical transportation, and home and community outreach; The Musicant Group, transforming public and common areas into places of destination and delight; places where people want to be and gather; and U.S. Bank, help you bank smarter with Online Banking, Bill Pay, Checking Accounts, Savings Accounts, Bank Loans and Student Loans.
Monday, September 28
5:00pm – 7:00pm: Pre-Event MiXer at the Piazza on the Mall featuring a cash bar, Simply Steve’s food truck, and community programming provided by:
• Beatrix Jarwill
• The Art Institute International Minnesota
• Brave New Workshop
• Film screening of the movie UP
7:00 – 8:00pm: Westminster Town Hall Forum featuring Pete Docter with moderator Cathy Wuzer, MPR News personality.
Presentation Topic: Inside the Creative Community: The Power and Process of Animated Film
Thursday, October 1
5:00pm – 7:00pm: Pre-Event MiXer at the Piazza on the Mall featuring a cash bar, GastroTruck Food Truck, and Community programming provided by:
• Brave New Workshop
• Jayanthi Kyle
• Million Artist Movement
7:00 – 8:00pm: Westminster Town Hall Forum featuring Tavis Smiley with moderator Toni Randolph, MPR News personality.
Presentation Topic: No One Left Out: Creating Communities of Justice
Friday, October 2
11:00am: Pre-Event MiXer at the Piazza on the Mall featuring GastroTruck Food Truck and community programming provided by:
Noon: Westminster Town Hall Forum featuring Dan Buettner with moderator Becky Roloff, CEO of the YWCA of Minneapolis.
Presentation Topic: A Blue Zones City: Living Like the World’s Healthiest People
All events are FREE and open to the public. MiXers will take place on the Piazza on the Mall located at 1221 Nicollet Mall between Alice Rainville Place and 12th street. The speaker events all take place in the sanctuary of Westminster Church as part of the Westminster Town Hall Forum.
Parking is available in nearby ramps at Orchestra Hall and the Convention Center, bus 77 stops within blocks of the church, and we encourage you to consider biking to the events.
Pete Docter is a film director, animator, screenwriter, and producer at Pixar Animation Studios. He contributed to the story and characters of Toy Story, Pixar’s first full-length animated feature film, and served as the supervising animator for the film. He wrote story treatments for Toy Story 2 and Wall-E and directed Monsters, Inc., Up, and his latest release, Inside Out. He has been nominated for six Academy Awards and won Best Animated Feature Film for Up. Born and raised in Bloomington, MN, he graduated from the California Institute of the Arts where he received a Student Academy Award. He began work at Pixar the day after his college graduation and has been there ever since. In 1990, he was hired as Pixar's third animator and began work the day after his college graduation.
Tavis Smiley is an author, publisher, social justice advocate, and host and managing editor of the late-night PBS television talk show, Tavis Smiley, and the public radio program, The Tavis Smiley Show. He has written or edited 18 books, including The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto, co-authored with Cornel West; My Journey with Maya, a memoir of his friendship with Maya Angelou; Death of a King, an account of the final year in the life Dr. Martin Luther King; and Covenant with Black America, a collection of essays addressing economic and social disparities. He is the founder of a nonprofit foundation committed to empowering young people and to alleviating poverty across all sectors of society.
Dan Buettner is the founder of Blue Zones, an organization committed to helping Americans live longer, healthier lives. He teamed with National Geographic and the world’s best longevity researchers to identify lifestyle choices in specific parts of the globe where people live measurably longer lives. Their research has been published in his bestselling book The Blue Zones: Nine Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest and his recent book, Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World’s Healthiest People. In 2009, he brought his nine principles for longevity to the town of Albert Lea, MN, where participants in his program added an estimated 2.9 years to their average lifespan.
All keynote speeches will be hosted at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1200 S. Marquette Avenue in Minneapolis. Additional activities that are free and open to the public will happen near 12th Street and Nicollet Mall on Monday, September 28, Thursday, October 1 and Friday, October 2.