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Search for a spark at Asheville Ideas Fest

AVL todayMolly Wilson,

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, Highland Brewing CEO Leah Wong Ashburn, and Community Manager of New England RAISE Betty Marcon.

Mandy Chapman Semple, managing partner at Clutch Consulting Group; addiction specialist Dr. Christopher Mills; Erika Jones-Haskins, chief of policy initiatives for the US Interagency Council on Homelessness; and Alyce Knaflich, founder of Aura Home Women Vets will explore innovative solutions for addressing homelessness.

Dr. Michio Kaku, theoretical physicist and bestselling author, will reflect on how the James Webb Space Telescope is uncovering the secrets of the universe. Then authors Wiley Cash and Ron Rash will host a lively live taping of the Our State Book Club podcast.

That alone seems like it could fill the whole schedule, but we’ve only scratched the intellectual surface — the four days will be full of conversations around free speech on college campuses, democracy + elections in the age of artificial intelligence, and moral dilemmas around land conservation, as well as workshops with panelists, networking, music, comedy, and food trucks.

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