INSPIRED BY THE ASPEN IDEAS FESTIVAL IN ASPEN, CO, FARGO IDEAS BROUGHT THE FESTIVAL'S SPIRIT OF INQUISITIVE DISCUSSION AND THE EXCHANGE OF IDEAS TO THE FARGO-MOORHEAD REGION.
THROUGH A COLLECTION OF MODERATED PANELS, AUDIENCE MEMBERS ENJOYED CONVERSATIONS BETWEEN ASPEN INSTITUTE EXPERTS AND LOCAL LEADERS ON A VARIETY OF TOPICS.
FARGO IDEAS INCLUDED FOUR MODERATED PANELS, WHICH ARE PROVIDED BELOW FOR YOUR ENJOYMENT.
Project Play: Inclusive Access to Play
Access and ability should not determine who gets to play and who sits out. But with new trends of rising participation fees, low physical activity rates, injury risks, and a shift away from unstructured play we should all be worried. Despite these patterns, individuals and communities across the country are making strong new commitments to childhood play and sports. Aspen Institute’s Project Play invites us to explore how sports, play, and healthy communities are all much more connected than we might think. In this discussion, we will hear from Fargo leaders who are helping ensure all individuals in our community are able to play. Featuring Rachel Johnson and Ryan Williams in conversation with Emily Stets.
Better Arguments in Fargo
Everyone seems to be arguing today. But rather than wishing for fewer arguments, it's time we start engaging in better ones. This means we need arguments that are more emotionally intelligent, rooted deeper in history, and more honest about the roles power and privilege play. Tonight The Better Arguments Project, a partnership between the Aspen Institute, Facing History and Ourselves, and Allstate, will join in a conversation with local political leaders to explore how we all can engage more productively across differences by taking part in better arguments. Featuring Kirsten Baesler and John Strand in conversation with Caroline Hopper.
Regional Identity and Cultural Influence: What Makes Local Cuisine
In a region which encompasses large tracts of land and few residents, Midwestern food has often been hard to categorize. Historically, it was defined first by native peoples and then by early settler-farmers who were mostly Northern European immigrants. Today, it is being transformed by immigrants from around the world and their foodways, and by broadening awareness of both local and global ingredients and methods of cooking. In this discussion, local food leaders will take part in a conversation around this region’s local cuisine and explore the ways it has drawn on old traditions and engaged with new tastes. Featuring Andrea Baumgardner and Amy Thielen in conversation with Corby Kummer.
Theodore Roosevelt and North Dakota
Theodore Roosevelt attributed the time he spent in North Dakota as a formational experience to his journey as a political leader and future President. In 2020, 101 years after his death, the brand new Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library will open in Western North Dakota. This library will be a cultural attraction and economic driver for this region. This conversation will include leaders of this initiative discussing why they are bringing this project to life. Featuring Edward O'Keefe and Rolf Sletten in conversation with Bill Marcil, Jr.
FARGO IDEAS INCLUDED THOUGHTFUL DIALOGUE FROM THE FOLLOWING PANELISTS.
FARGO IDEAS WAS PRESENTED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE FOLLOWING PARTNERS
THE ASPEN INSTITUTE IS AN EDUCATIONAL AND POLICY STUDIES ORGANIZATION BASED IN WASHINGTON, DC. ITS MISSION IS TO FOSTER LEADERSHIP BASED ON ENDURING VALUES AND TO PROVIDE A NONPARTISAN VENUE FOR DEALING WITH CRITICAL ISSUES. THE INSTITUTE IS BASED IN WASHINGTON, DC; ASPEN, COLORADO; AND ON THE WYE RIVER ON MARYLAND’S EASTERN SHORE. IT ALSO HAS OFFICES IN NEW YORK CITY AND AN INTERNATIONAL NETWORK OF PARTNERS. THE ASPEN INSTITUTE IS PROVIDING A SEED GRANT THROUGH ITS “ASPEN ON THE GROUND” INITIATIVE TO SUPPORT FARGO IDEAS.
THE ASPEN IDEAS FESTIVAL IS THE NATION’S PREMIER, PUBLIC GATHERING FOR LEADERS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE AND ACROSS MANY DISCIPLINES TO ENGAGE IN DEEP AND INQUISITIVE DISCUSSIONS ABOUT IDEAS AND ISSUES THAT SHAPE OUR LIVES AND CHALLENGE OUR TIMES. THE 15TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL, HELD JUNE 20-29, 2019, CONVENED 3,500 ATTENDEES AND OVER 600 SPEAKERS FROM A WIDE RANGE OF INTERNATIONAL SECTORS AND INDUSTRIES ON THE ASPEN INSTITUTE CAMPUS.
THE ASPEN IDEAS FESTIVAL IS A CONTENT PARTNER FOR FARGO IDEAS.
FOLKWAYS IS A TEAM OF COMMUNITY BUILDERS WHO CREATE EXPERIENCES THAT CONNECT COMMUNITY AND ENHANCE QUALITY OF OF LIFE. THEY USE IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCES TO SOLVE PROBLEMS LIKE WORKFORCE RETENTION, ECONOMIC VITALITY, AND COMMUNAL BELONGING. FOLKWAYS WORKS WITH SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS, ARTISTS, AND MUSICIANS TO ACTIVATE URBAN SPACES. WITH THIS MISSION, THEY’VE CREATED THE RED RIVER MARKET, CHRISTKINDLMARKT, A COURSE FOR ENTREPRENEURS, AND MUCH MORE. THROUGH THESE URBAN, ARTISTIC, AND COMMUNAL EXPERIMENTS, THEY HOPE TO MAKE FARGO THE BEST PLACE ON EARTH TO LIVE. FOLKWAYS IS A CREATIVE PARTNER AND COMMUNITY ADVISOR FOR FARGO IDEAS.
EMERGING PRAIRIE IS AN ORGANIZATION THAT FOCUSES ON CONNECTING AND CELEBRATING THE ENTREPRENEURIAL ECOSYSTEM THROUGH INNOVATIVE PROGRAMMING AND EVENTS THAT MOVE THE NEEDLE AND IGNITE ECONOMIC GROWTH FOR THE STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA. WITH THEIR VALUES, MISSION, AND VISION AS A GUIDING FORCE, THEY STRIVE TO SUPPORT THE FOUNDERS, CREATORS, AND COMMUNITY BUILDERS ACROSS THE STATE TO BE CURIOUS AND RELENTLESS IN THEIR PURSUITS.
EMERGING PRAIRIE IS THE FISCAL HOST AND COMMUNITY ADVISOR FOR FARGO IDEAS.
FARGO IDEAS WAS MADE POSSIBLE THROUGH THE GENEROSITY OF THE FOLLOWING UNDERWRITERS
THE BUSH FOUNDATION
THE OFFUTT FAMILY FOUNDATION
DAKOTA MEDICAL FOUNDATION
FARGO JET CENTER
FIRST INTERNATIONAL BANK AND TRUST
FARGO IDEAS WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE FOLLOWING EVENT AMBASSADORS
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