Ensuring a community is focused on innovation is an important part of being a forward-thinking city. Minneapolis has always had cutting-edge insights from its community members, and as we continue moving forward it will continue to be an important trait here in our hometown. We talk a lot about being a 21st Century City, and part of that includes ensuring we are competitive nationally in ways that will keep our city thriving through job growth, amenities, development and overall experience.
MDC’s Intersections: The Downtown 2025 Plan included this philosophy of innovative thinking when it put its 15-year plan in place back in 2010. As part of its six current committees, the Festival of Ideas-Minneapolis Idea eXchange focuses on ensuring that our community has a gathering event that discusses innovation while also applying our collective thinking toward meeting the challenges we see within our city.
This year’s Minneapolis Idea eXchange (MiX) takes place this Wednesday, October 12 from 4:30-7 pm at Brave New Workshop. Networking begins at 4:30 pm, followed by a presentation at 5 pm that mixes important dialogue and community building with laughs, helping those in need and more.
You won’t want to miss MiX, which is a free event that is open to all ages and abilities. Here are the Top 5 Reasons why you should plan on being at Brave New Workshop this Wednesday. (Be sure to SIGN UP HERE to be part of the MiX).
1. A panel & keynote discussing design thinking
This year’s MiX is focused on design thinking and how it can be applied to our communities. Tom Fisher of the University of Minnesota’s Metropolitan Design Center is MiX’s keynote speaker, and he will be leading a conversation that is based off his new book, “Designing Our Way To A Better World.” Joining him in leading this discussion is a panel featuring Dan Collison (East Town Business Partnership), Peter Frosch (Greater MSP) and Sondra Samuels (Northside Achievement Zone). This collection of individuals will bring prospective from several elements of our community and apply it to five key areas:
2. Innovation exercises with Brave New Workshop
If you’ve never been to the Brave New Workshop and experienced their humor and creativity, this will be a great opportunity to see it up close. Brave New Workshop has been around since the 1950s and moved downtown just two years ago. Join owner John Sweeney as he leads insights and improvisational exercises to help get the crowd engaged. They provide hilarious entertainment, but Sweeney and the Brave New Workshop crew have also been great partners in the downtown community since moving here and have a deep passion for helping create a strong and vibrant city. While you’ll be entertained, you’ll also take something valuable away from their message.
3. FINNEGANS beer sampling & food
MiX will include a free catered meal for those who take part in the event. It will also include a free beer sampling from FINNEGANS for those who take part. Not only will MiX help provide a forum for strong conversations about how to maintain the vibrancy of our city in the 21st century, but it will do so in an engaging setting. Think of Wednesday’s MiX event as your happy hour after work that will also provide entertainment and a way to build a strong city.
4. Community building & Networking
Speaking of building a strong city, one of MiX’s goals is to provide a forum for people of all different backgrounds, professions and ideas to come together in one place and work together on solving some of the challenges in our community. You’ll have the chance to meet new people, learn about their backgrounds, and share insights into how we can all work together in building a vibrant city. As with many MDC events, the widespread variety of people in our community that attend make it a great place to meet new people and learn about their perspectives.
5. Happy Hour Squared
If you haven’t been to Brave New Workshop’s Happy Hour Squared before, this will be another great opportunity to experience it first-hand. Happy Hour Square is an initiative that mixes post-work socializing with helping those in need. Brave New Workshop facilitates a happy hour where you network and meet new people while also making sandwiches that will be served to those who are less fortunate in our community. This event will take place immediately after the panel and breakout discussions during MiX, so stay in your spot, have a drink or two and make sandwiches for people in need. During this time, you can also purchase books by Tom Fisher (“Designing Our Way To A Better World”) and John Sweeney & Elena Imaretska (“The Innovative Mindset”) and take part in a book signing on site.
We’re excited to see you at Brave New Workshop for MiX 2016. Follow along @MiXMpls on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #MixMpls2016, and we’ll see you Wednesday.