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 How Asheville Ideas Fest is changing the world – one idea at a time
Washington PostWP Creative Group
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The inaugural event, held in June 2022, convened 450 attendees for deep listening, respectful discussion and relaxation, all while enjoying the food, craft beverages and invigorating mountain air of Asheville. Rowena McClinton, professor emerita of history in Illinois, was one of the attendees. “I received an outline of the program a couple of months ahead […]
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June of 2022 was a watershed moment: 450 friends from around the country came together with world-class thinkers and doers like Fareed Zakaria, Jon Meacham and Gov. Christine Todd Whitman. Our crew included writers, scientists, film-makers and chefs. We had Grammy winners, a National Book Award winning author, and the freshly-minted James Beard Award Winning […]
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 Asheville Ideas Fest

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Expand your intellect, activate change, and participate in respectful discussions at Asheville Ideas Fest. This three-day event has different themes each day, all designed to spur intellectual curiosity and foster an environment for exchanging different points of view. Enjoy panel discussions with more than 25 well-known speakers and experts — from award-winning authors to business […]
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 How Asheville Ideas Fest is changing the world – one idea at a time
Washington PostWP Creative Group
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The inaugural event, held in June 2022, convened 450 attendees for deep listening, respectful discussion and relaxation, all while enjoying the food, craft beverages and invigorating mountain air of Asheville. Rowena McClinton, professor emerita of history in Illinois, was one of the attendees. “I received an outline of the program a couple of months ahead […]
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 Asheville gets serious with Ideas Fest event
Business North CarolinaKevin Ellis
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“Life today is complicated. We are surrounded by conflict and divisiveness, leading to overwhelming feelings of isolation and loneliness,” says Kirk Swenson, executive director of Ideas Fest, in a release. “Gathering at (Asheville Ideas Fest) encourages us to see things in new ways through thoughtful, intentional discussion and by compassionately sharing meaningful ideas from diverse […]
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 Search for a spark at Asheville Ideas Fest
AVL todayMolly Wilson
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The annual immersive forum aims to encourage curiosity, facilitate conversation, and bring together a diverse community to find new perspectives. This year’s fest brings together experts from fields and all walks of life. Chef Katie Button will lead a panel discussion on dignity and equity for service workers, alongside James Beard Award-nominated chef Dean Neff, […]
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 Asheville Ideas Fest offers ‘intellectual vacation’
North State JournalAbby Cavenaugh
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“It’s something I refer to as an intellectual vacation,” said the event’s co-founder and executive director, Kirk Swenson. “We try to get people thinking about the biggest issues of the day and then spoil the hell out of them.” Previous speakers at the Ideas Fest include Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a neurosurgeon and chief medical correspondent […]
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