idea network

ideanetworkFounded in Greensboro in 2010, idea network is a bi-monthly event for thinkers, designers, entrepreneurs, students, business owners and anyone who’s interested in creativity, innovation, design thinking and new ideas. It’s a comfortable space to share, listen and learn from one another. Each time, we invite a special guest to jump-start the conversation and address a question or two.

Topics & Guests Have Included:

Municipal Planning

  • Gray Johnston, transit planning apprentice: Co-Creating a More Walkable, Bikeable and Transit-Friendly Greensboro

Organizational Transition

  • Bill Lusk, photographer, on transforming his photography practice for the 21st century
  • John Robinson, then editor of the News & Record, on transitioning to the digital age
  • Conrad Hayter, President, New Garden Landscaping, on building a culture of change
  • David Smith, theater professor at UNCSA, on building a culture of collaboration
  • Scott Williams, President of Emisare, on the changing face of branding

Social Change

  • Carl Nordgren, Duke Professor on entrepreneurism, author of The Creative Populist Revolution
  • Howell Woltz, author of Justice Denied and other books and documentaries on judicial reform

Innovation

  • June 2012, southeast screening premiere of the movie, “Design & Thinking”
  • Bill Knowles, speaker & consultant on Design-Based Innovation
  • Margaret Collins, Executive Director of the Center for Creative Economy
  • Field trip to The Forge, new hacker space in downtown Greensboro
  • Doug Farrington, Information Systems Group leader at Syngenta: The Importance of Ecosystem Configuration as Part of Your Innovation Strategy

Creativity / Other

  • Peter Redling and Jake Assaf, business owners: What Happens When Wine Meets Tech?
  • Kyle T. Webster, award-winning illustrator: The Importance of Developing Your Side Project
  • Randall Hayes, neuroscientist: Applying the Process of Evolution to Design Problems
  • Andy Kurtts, design manager at The Fresh Market, on consumer package design
  • Cory Phillips, founder of Chucked Wood, on creating furniture using reclaimed wood
  • Marcius, artist and accessories designer, on the creative process
  • Blanca Cobb, body language expert
  • David Smith, inventor of Battery Vampire, on his creative process
  • Randall Hayes, on the process of producing an educational animation
  • Anita Cafiero and Nick Jones, co-founders of Tiny Goat, on Agile for Good: A simple toolchain to solve complex problems
  • Nick Horney, founder of Agility Consulting and Training: The Advantages and Disadvantages of Today’s ‘Gig Economy’
  • Susan Watson, Executive Director at the Wormen’s Resource Center in Alamance County: Non-Profit Marketing & Fundraising in Today’s Challenging Times
  • Elliot Strunk and David Horne, founding partners of LOFT, an agency collaborative: How Effective Collaboration Makes Good Work Great
  • Randall Hayes, on Permaculture: A Design Philosophy
  • Monty Hagler, President & CEO of RLF Communications: Surviving the Highs & Lows in Business and in Life
  • Jackson Mayshark, founder of Ambleside Gallery: The Art of the Brainstorm

Email us to add your name to the idea network invitation list.

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