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Asheville Ideas Fest 2024

Inspiring the Realness in Conversations

Now in its third season, Asheville Ideas Fest will bring together experts from across the globe once more for inspiring panels and thought-provoking discussions on 
today’s most pressing issues.
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One Idea Can Change the World

Life today is complicated. We are surrounded by conflict and divisiveness, resulting in overwhelming feelings of isolation and loneliness. Gathering at AIF encourages us to see things in new ways through thoughtful, mindful conversation and by compassionately sharing meaningful, diverse ideas. We’ve created a one-of-a-kind, immersive forum of passionate and insightful speakers where you’ll experience a powerful intellectual experience.


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.

Frontiers of

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.


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.

2024 Speakers

Monday, June 17
6:00 pm8:00 pm
Welcome Reception with Live Music

Welcome to Asheville Ideas Fest! We start our week with a fantastic event hosted by Asheville's original craft brewery, Highland Brewing. Independent and family owned, since 1994. Highland Brewing Company carved the path for Asheville craft and proudly roots itself in North Carolina. In addition to enjoying the variety of craft brews, we will enjoy light hors d'oeuvres and live music.

Tuesday, June 18
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9:15 am10:00 am
Limiting Access to Books

Let’s Talk about Limiting Access to Books: Launching a National  Conversation about Protecting Children and Protecting our  Fundamental Freedoms

Wednesday, June 19
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7:30 pm8:30 pm
Looking Beyond Our Galaxy
Dr. Michio Kaku, Theoretical Physicist and Bestselling Author

Looking Beyond Our Galaxy: How the James Webb Space Telescope is Helping to Unravel the Mysteries of the Cosmos

The James Webb Space Telescope is an incredible tool that is helping us unravel the mysteries of the cosmos. This is an opportunity to learn about the latest findings from the telescope and how they are changing our understanding of the universe.


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Find inspiration in Asheville, NC, one of America's great cities. We invite you to join us for Asheville Ideas Fest, a gathering of creative thinkers and doers.
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