A Destination for Ideation | Asheville Ideas Fest

A Destination
for Ideation

June 17th-20th, 2024

A Destination
for Ideation

June 17th-20th, 2024

A One-of-a-Kind Event

Do you want to expand your intellect, activate change, and participate in deep listening and respectful discussions? You can do all that while exploring Asheville, NC, at Asheville Ideas Fest (AIF).

AIF is where a diverse community gathers to engage in intellectual discussions and recharge their creative, physical, and spiritual selves. For centuries, in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, people have traveled to mindfully uncover, question, and even alter their ingrained narratives and worldviews.

Building on this inspiration, AIF presents a one-of-a-kind immersive forum of passionate and insightful speakers where you’ll have a powerful intellectual experience. Open your mind with us in one of America’s greatest cities—Asheville, NC.

Welcome to Asheville Ideas Fest

What to Expect in 2024

The Thriving
American City

In an era of rapid urbanization and evolving societal needs, we will examine strategies that encourage human connection and promote sustainable growth, creating a blueprint for thriving cities. Join us for an engaging day of panel discussions and intensive workshops that evaluate the essential elements of revitalizing American cities and communities.

The Edges
of the Unknown

Ideas Fest panelists and speakers will contemplate the mysteries of space, depths of the ocean, and what lies beyond our current scope of understanding. Using a lens of exploration and curiosity, we will navigate uncharted physical and spiritual territories as we seek to unlock secrets that lie at the edges of the unknown. Prepare to be inspired, enlightened, and challenged in this unique journey of discovery.

House of Cards
or Hallowed Halls

Dive into the heart of contemporary political discourse with Ideas Fest. We will examine the polarized landscape of our union and explore the critical challenges facing democracy today. Engage in thought-provoking discussions about the structural, cultural, and societal factors shaping the future of our democratic institutions.

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How Asheville Ideas Fest Is Changing the World—One Idea at A Time
By: Washington Post, April 19, 2023
“Losing our ability to engage in civil dialogue would be deeply dangerous for our country. This discourse is at the heart of Asheville Ideas Fest.” — Kirk Swenson, Co-founder, Asheville Ideas Fest
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Featured Past Speakers

Charlie Sykes
Chris Singleton
Christopher Oakley
Daniel Schmachtenberger
David Joy
David Crabtree
James Dodson
Josh Turknett MD
Jason Cook
Joseph Blocher
Joey Owle
Laura Edelson
Kelly Sampson
Nate Hagens
Melba Newsome
Pete McDaniel
Shaun Assael
Patrice Harris MD
Kevin Maurer
Seth D. Berlin
William Paul Thomas
Zak Stein
Sean Bellefeuille
John E Jones III
Alex Abdo

Experience Something Different

Ideas Fest Welcomes Everyone!

Asheville Inspires

Enhance your Ideas Fest experience with opportunities like interactions with renowned experts, meals prepared by James Beard award-winning chefs, and e-bike rides along the French Broad River. Come join us for educational, physical, and spiritual expansion in the majestic mountains of Western North Carolina. Explore everything Asheville, NC, has to offer. You’ll see why so many of us call it home.
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