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Is Design Still Relevant? A Conversation On Why Capital Markets Truly Control City Building and What We Can Do About It.

Is Design Still Relevant? A Conversation On Why Capital Markets Truly Control City Building and What We Can Do About It.

Colleen Carey, president and founder of The Cornerstone Group Who REALLY shapes the cities in which we live – developers, architects, planners? Why do development projects tend to look the same? How do we support innovation and creativity and the pursuit of “something better”? Let’s have a lively conversation about how we are going to get..
Journalist’s Roundtable

Journalist’s Roundtable

David Brauer, Peter Callaghan, Bill Lindeke Get three of the Twin Cities’ top journalists in a room, give them a few topics to discuss, sit back and roll the tape. For the next several Urban Currents, we will gather three esteemed urban journalists and facilitate a wide-ranging roundtable discussion. We don’t know where it will go, but..
The Power of Voice: From EdTech to Everyone

The Power of Voice: From EdTech to Everyone

Dr. Charlie Miller, Chief Design Officer, Vidku; Jim Leslie, CEO, Vidku What do you get when a product that was never meant to become a company suddenly receives venture capital interest? The answer is simple: a company. In this story, that company is Vidku. Come meet Charlie and Jim and join the discussion about Flipgrid,..
What’s Your Story? How Storytelling Techniques Can Improve your Communications Effectiveness

What’s Your Story? How Storytelling Techniques Can Improve your Communications Effectiveness

Matt Kucharski, Executive Vice President, PadillaCRT Matt Kucharski from PadillaCRT, one of the area’s most respected communications agencies, will share examples of how some of today’s best organizations are using strategic storytelling techniques to cut through the clutter. As a member of PadillaCRT’s Executive Leadership Team, Matt wears a number of important hats. In addition..
Urban Energy for the 21st Century

Urban Energy for the 21st Century

Ani Backa, Government Affairs, Community Relations and Economic Development, Xcel Energy Energy customers – individuals, businesses, institutions and cities – are demanding their energy be produced in a more sustainable manner. For energy companies, this means moving towards renewables, solar, off the grid and other cleaner more responsible forms energy production. Ani Backa will discuss..
Our Opportunity to Make the Cities a 21st Century Hub for Manufacturing

Our Opportunity to Make the Cities a 21st Century Hub for Manufacturing

Ben VandenWymelenberg, Founder/CEO WOODCHUCK USA As we enter the third industrial revolution, boundaries between the design and manufacturing process are quickly vanishing.  Computer controlled fabrication methods together with collaborative design thinking have greatly accelerated the pace of product development; what used to take months, now takes days. Today, one can move from idea to market..
New Ways to Do Co-Working Spaces: Art, Inspiration, and the MIA

New Ways to Do Co-Working Spaces: Art, Inspiration, and the MIA

Sarah Lutman, Principal, Lutman & Associates In 2012 the Minneapolis Institute of Arts published DNA: Dynamic New Approach after considering the social, economic, demographic, technological, and political trends affecting museums. MIA leaders announced the plan, saying that a new museum model must be forged that meets the expectations of today’s audiences by offering them opportunities to..
The Forever Saint Paul Challenge

The Forever Saint Paul Challenge

Ann Mulholland, Vice President of Grants and Program, Minnesota Philanthropy Partners The Forever Saint Paul Million Dollar Challenge was an opportunity for The Saint Paul Foundation to engage the entire community in a conversation about what’s next, what matters and what big ideas can do for a community. In this presentation, Ann Mulholland will talk about..
Connecting Communities and Engaging Audiences

Connecting Communities and Engaging Audiences

Bobby Maher, co-founder of Minneapplesauce Bobby Maher has worked in marketing, development, and arts management before co-founding Minneapplesauce, an experimental web-periodical and Leav, a mobile platform for placing, viewing and sharing digital art that is both shaped by and linked to specific variables like location, time and other environmental factors.  Bobby continues to consult with..
Our Metrodome: A Retrospective

Our Metrodome: A Retrospective

Bill Lester, Former Executive Director, Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission For 25 years as executive director of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, Bill Lester managed the Metrodome, He took over the commission in 1987, succeeding Jerry Bell, who resigned to become president of the Twins. Before joining the commission, he worked for the Metropolitan Council for 11..
The Twin Cities Identity Crisis

The Twin Cities Identity Crisis

Jay Walljaspe Twin Cities, we have a problem! We’re not on most people’s radar of lively, livable, progressive, prosperous places. The cities we compete with for business, jobs and well-educated young workers enjoy strong identities as attractive, interesting places. Seattle is Microsoft and Nordstrom. The Bay Area is high-tech and avant-garde. Denver is America’s beer..