Over 100 community leaders, development enthusiasts and students gathered for the second annual IDEALAB
on Dec. 4.
This year's theme was "movement makers," and featured keynote addresses by leaders from three organizations across the region: Sean Mann, Detroit City FC
; Carl Atiya Swanson, Springboard for the Arts
; and Evelyn Burnett and Mordecai Cargill from Cleveland Neighborhood Progress
. Each speaker successfully planned, funded and led a movement within their organization, and talked attendees through how they each started a movement, the obstacles they faced and the overall outcome.
Eric Avner of People's Liberty addresses the crowd at IDEALAB 2017.
After lunch, attendees were invited to participate in one of three breakout sessions, which were each led by a local leader — Tamaya Dennard, newly elected Cincinnati City Councilmember; Tim Vogt of Starfire Council; and Tom Merrill from Xavier's Center for Innovation. Each session leader paired up with a keynote speaker, and facilitated discussions around design thinking, leading with a purpose and how to work better together to solve problems.
IDEALAB: Movement Makers was presented by The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, People’s Liberty, Issue Media Group and Soapbox Media with support from Procter & Gamble, Xavier Center for Innovation, Memorial Hall and media sponsor Movers & Makers.