(X)ponential Impact of Arts and Design
Morning Ride/Run (Optional)
(X)pand your body and your mind. No better way to start the day than a brisk run or bike ride! Check out Roanoke on foot with Star City Striders and your (X)po peers; 3, 5 and 7 mile run options available. Free loaner bicycles with maps for a lovely ride along Roanoke’s river greenway path. Hotel Roanoke entrance for runners; City Market Building downstairs for cyclists.
|8:30am||Have Mercy Pick-Up Breakfast|
While Friday night was huge and some of us stayed out too late, this is still a great time to share ideas with new friends, colleagues, and featured (X)po thought leaders. Keep your eyes open for Nikki Giovanni, Beth Deel, Jim Kunstler, Ed Walker, Bob Lambert, and others!
Nobody captivates a crowd and distills ideas better than Nikki Giovanni. Don’t miss this chance to hear her in a small group. It will be unforgettable.
Making Jazz Work
Cyrus Pace, Executive Director of Jefferson Center, a performing arts nexus, brings a unique vision to non-profit management. Cyrus believes that jazz and other great art forms deserve an audience. Having functioned equally well in the business community, as an educator, and as a performer, Cyrus has developed an approach to the cultural arts that allows for the sustainability of impact. Cyrus will speak on staying relevant and on creating a market by sustaining impact.
Buildings and Belief
Theaster Gates is on fire with the power of change. When Theaster is not making art for museums, he is committed to the restoration of low-income urban neighborhoods, converting abandoned buildings into cultural spaces that not only allow new cultural moments to happen in unexpected places but also raise the city’s expectations of where placemaking happens and why.
Where The Future Is Taking Us, Ready or Not
James Howard Kunstler believes a lot of people share his feelings about the tragic landscape of highway strips, parking lots, housing tracts, mega-malls, junked cities, and ravaged countryside that make up the everyday environment where most Americans live and work. Ready or Not, this talk is going to rock you!
|11:15pm||Short Break This is a great time to grab Jim Kunstler’s latest, as well as other (X)po speakers’ books. Fill up those groovy tote bags with great books! Check out the Ram’s Head Books bookseller mini store, grab some handmade goodness at Appalachia Press, or check out IBM’s Smarter Cities Initiative Station.|
Beautiful, Sustainable, Attainable (That Whole Hopey-Changey Thing)
Phil Kaplan, Principal of Kaplan Thompson Architects in Portland, Maine, talks about the dramatic transformation to Net-Zero Energy that is now occurring in home design and building around the country, and why we need to get on board to save the world. He discusses how we conquer the common perception that Green must always be synonymous with Expensive and who our next Robin Hood is. He drills into us the bottom line: Nothing is less sustainable than a building that either isn’t beautiful or can’t afford to be built.
Ya Gotta Love the Place You Live!
Chris Morrill, City Manager of Roanoke, Virginia, shares recent research that identifies the level of attachment that a populace has for its community as a key driver for local gross domestic product growth. Chris will provide ideas for how communities can increase the level of attachment based on the findings of this research and his experience in community-building. Even in these times of economic distress, community leaders can make targeted investments and take strategic actions to help people love their communities.
(X)po Lunch Presentation: The Promise of Civic Technology
Max Novendstern is a Harvard undergrad and co-founder of the civic technology and community organizing initiative, CommonPlace. “What is civic technology, and how can we understand our communities and American history in its terms? In this talk, I make the case that we should all be civic technologists.” Grab an (X)po lunch and let Max infuse you with his contagious optimism.
|1pm||Afternoon Break Grab a fresh cup of brew from local roaster Red Rooster Coffee.|
|2:10-5pm||Ideas to Steal|
Pop-Up and multi-media presentations about people, ideas, projects, and partnerships having (X)ponential impact in small cities and towns and abroad.
The Kennedy School Presents!
Get ready for diverse perspectives featuring big ideas for a better world. Several emerging leaders from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government Masters in Public Policy program will share their hopes for a more connected and cooperative way of life around the world.
The Importance of Storytelling: How Stories can Transform a Community
Jeremy Helton is an independent radio/multi-media producer and former StoryCorps producer.
Small Cities and Film Festivals: A Perfect Storm
Susan Brecker will discuss how a film festival is an ideal experience for both the filmmaker and the community. The access to the filmmakers, the ability to draw the community into the discussion of the craft, and the subject matter of the films all come together to make it so. With documentary films specifically, the community can have a direct impact through the knowledge they glean from the film, and thus can become part of the story.
Hey! What in the World Is There to Do Here?
Small Cities Ambassador Beth Deel believes that one of the key secrets to a thriving, culture-rich community is one that has a well-developed, useful, and shareable calendar system. Enter Trumba Corporation, a Seattle-based developer of innovative event-calendar publishing technology that helps businesses and organizations more effectively publish, promote, and communicate their events online. Through her efforts to unite the cultural and community calendars in her own city she became great friends with Steve Aanenson, consultant at Trumba. Beth and Steve will talk about how cities benefit when calendars share.
Playing Nice in the Sandbox: One Museum’s Journey into Meaningful Cross-Discipline Collaborations
Amy Moorefield, Director of the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University, will speak of her institution’s recent charge to build a creative village with other arts organizations located regionally to the museum as well as farther afield. Surprisingly wonderful things happen when organizations share resources and intellectual property.
|Small Cities as Great Places to Foster Creativity: Michael Backes, Mike's film projects include Iron Man, Spider-Man 3, Spider-Man 2, Jurassic Park, Twister, The Abyss, Peacemaker, Rising Sun, and many others. He works as a creative and technical consultant for most of the major studios, developing heroes and villians within screenplays of big-budget Hollywood films. Mike grew up in Pocatello, Idaho (pop 54,250).|
Coffee. Kickstarter. Community.
How can a small rural company reach enough clients to survive in the global market? Red Rooster Coffee Roaster owner Haden Polseno-Hensley talks about how coffee is a great product for a sustainable business model, how technology has allowed him to reach clients farther afield, and how use of new technology combined with innovative uses of older existing practices has allowed his company to reach more clients and slowly create a culture of conscientious coffee drinkers.
Blood, Sweat, Tears & Gears : Handmade Success
Printmaker and letterpress printer John Reburn of Appalachia Press honors a centuries-old tradition through a union of art, history, and design.
The Rebirth of Micro-Manufacturing
Aaron Dykstra of Six-Eleven Bicycle Company talks about his decision to move back to his small-city hometown, initially fueled solely by economics: starting a handmade bicycle frame business in Chicago would have been financially impossible. “But why have we decided to stay? It's a choice, and one that we embrace. This is the story of my business, its Roanoke-based identity, and the rebirth of micro-manufacturing.”
Crowdsourced Placemaking: How to Build an Enthusiastic Community to Attract Investment for Developing Extraordinary Places
Neil Takemoto, CEO and founder of Cooltown Studios, has a mission that he hopes other people and places will adopt. Here’s how he says it: “You know your city deserves better. You know others do too, a lot of them. You all wonder to yourselves... ‘if only it had a downtown that looked like this, with these kinds of cool businesses, with this kind of housing that people could actually afford’... it's time to gather those forward-thinking individuals together as a campaign community and partner with a development and investment team. Only this time, that development and investment team is willing to implement your group's vision once you prove there's a feasible market for it. Welcome to crowdsourced placemaking, and it's already happening in Connecticut, New Hampshire, and New York.”
|4:50pm||The End is Just The Beginning...Preview of Tonight's (X)ceptional Closing Event and Reception|
|5pm||Wrap-Up Cocktail Hour and Tapas|
A fantastic time to share contact info with fellow attendees and presenters, share ideas, and compare notes on (X)po content.
Delloween: The Del McCoury Band and Keller Williams in Concert at Shaftman Performance Hall
The Del McCoury Band and Keller Williams have a long history together and a history of cutting-edge Halloween extravaganzas, so the progression to creating a Halloween event together seems only natural. “Delloween” is a two-day, two-city indoor festival on wheels that will rock out with sets from both bands and close with a late-night jam from Keller Williams and the Travelin’ McCourys. We have limited tickets; stay tuned for announcements about ticket sign-up!
|Please note, schedule is subject to change|