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Starlee Kine

Starlee Kine

Starlee Kine is the creator and host of the podcast Mystery Show. Mystery Show was named best podcast of 2015 by iTunes. The show tackled (and solved) such age old mysteries as How Tall is Jake Gyllenhaal? and Why is Britney Spears Carrying My Book?

Sarah Kay

Sarah Kay

Sarah Kay is a writer and poet best known for her spoken word poetry. In 2011, she recited her breakout poem “B” as a TED Talk and later released it as her debut book, which is now a best-seller. She since has released an intimate collection of poetry titled “No Matter the Wreckage.” She also is the founder and co-director of Project Voice, a team of writers, performers and educators that entertains and inspires to fellow literary artists throughout the country.

Reggie Watts

Reggie Watts

Reggie Watts is a vocal artist, musician, beatboxer and comedian. He completely improvises his performances using nothing but his voice, a keyboard and a looping machine. And he is so, so incredible. He will blow you away!

Just watch.

Today, he is the bandleader for the “Late, Late Show with James Cordon.” He has worked for Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central, Jimmy Fallon, John Oliver and HBO, and he’s completed sold-out headlining tours. Watch his standout TED Talk, and learn more about Reggie here.

 

Amos Kolbo

Amos Kolbo

Amos Kolbo is a standout regional creative from Bismarck, North Dakota. He and his wife, Carly, are photographers who together run Carly Loves Amos. Amos is a loyal entrepreneur with an infectious love for people and for serving others.  Thank you, Amos, for being you.

Jeremy Cowart

Jeremy Cowart

Jeremy Cowart is an artist: Painter, designer, photographer, passionate creative.

And his message and work is powerful.

His work resides between Nashville, Tennessee, and Los Angeles and currently focuses on celebrity photography, humanitarian and community projects, See University and The Purpose Hotel. Watch a video of his life work here.

Eames Demetrios

Eames Demetrios

Eames Demetrios is the director of the Eames Office, which helps to rediscover the Charles and Ray Eames design heritage. “The mission of the Eames Office is communicating, preserving and extending the work of Charles and Ray Eames.” Eames is also an artist and filmmaker and the geographer-at-large for kcymaerxthaere.

 

 

Choir! Choir! Choir!

Choir! Choir! Choir!

Are you ready to stand up and sing? Daveed Goldman and Nobu Adilman are Choir! Choir! Choir!, a duo from Toronto that constructs weekly public pop-song performances. Their shows are both live concert and social experiment, “blurring the lines between audience and performer.”

During our event in Sioux Falls, Daveed and Nobu, aka “DaBu,” will encourage all attendees to participate in a group sing-a-long and have a lot of fun. Be ready to get on our feet!

Debbie Millman

Debbie Millman

Debbie Millman is an author, brand consultant and host of the radio show and podcast Design Matters. She is also the founder of Design Matters, which is the world’s first podcast on design and was designated by iTunes as the top podcast of 2015. As a brand strategist, Debbie loves to talk about how branding influences the way we live. She is also the author of six books, including “How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer” and “Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits.”

Geno Church

Geno Church

Geno Church is a speaker, author and the word of mouth inspiration officer at Brains on Fire, a marketing company that helps organizations build sustainable word-of-mouth movements. Their focus is less on use of technology and social media and more on faces, conversation and passion to achieve success in your business.

Uplifting, right? To remember that technology doesn’t need to be the only way? Geno’s presence carries listeners to a place that doesn’t feel overwhelming or fast-paced, but attainable because the No. 1 tool in starting a movement is … well … you.

Here’s a little bit from Geno:

“Word of mouth marketing should be honest, authentic conversations between people, and it should happen face-to-face and online,” he says. “WOMM is often ignited by a brand/organization. The Brains On Fire point of view is that this conversation should be about shared passions of the brand and its advocates … the goal of WOMM is advocacy … people who give a damn about your stuff, your ideals. So much so that they become living messengers for your brand, products, services and ideas.

“Now, for a movement to happen (I believe a true movement is fueled by people – advocates, not brands), a community has to form first. Vibrant communities have some form of action – something to do. That thing they do ignites a movement.

“Brains has been around over 20 years; instead of focusing on how we came to be, I’d like to share how we became inspired into thinking community, movements, and starting with people first. Back in 2003, we we’re hired by the state of South Carolina to tackle very high smoking rates by teens in our state. We answered the RFP by saying we didn’t believe that a commercial would sustainably make a difference in teens smoking.

“So we empowered teens to be the messengers, at a face-to-face level. We learned a lot, made mistakes, had some successes, and those teens got into our hearts and started to change they way we did marketing.”

Choir! Choir! Choir!

Choir! Choir! Choir!

Are you ready to stand up and sing? Daveed Goldman and Nobu Adilman are Choir! Choir! Choir!, a duo from Toronto that constructs weekly public pop-song performances. Their shows are both live concert and social experiment, “blurring the lines between audience and performer.”

During our event in Sioux Falls, Daveed and Nobu, aka “DaBu,” will encourage all attendees to participate in a group sing-a-long and have a lot of fun. Be ready to get on our feet!

Jessica Green

Jessica Green

Jessica Green is an engineer and ecologist who specializes in biodiversity theory and microbial systems. As a professor at both the University of Oregon and the Santa Fe Institute, she helps people understand the role that microbes play in our lives. She is also the founding director of the Biology and the Built Environment Center that bridges biology and architecture.

Follow Jessica on Twitter @JessicaLeeGreen.

 

Ingrid Fetell Lee

Ingrid Fetell Lee

Ingrid Fetell Lee is a design director for IDEO, a global design company, and she is based out of the New York office, where her work focuses on the emotional, aesthetic side of human-centered design. Through her blog, Aesthetics of Joy, and in her work at IDEO, she brings together perspectives from neuroscience, ethnography, and product design to show how design can help people live happier, healthier lives.

 

Follow @ingridfetell on Twitter.

 

Craig Weinberg

Craig Weinberg

City: Milbank, South Dakota

Vocation: Photographer, business owner

Builder project: The Studio, a community space for fellowship, education, camaraderie


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Cheryl Kary

Cheryl Kary

City: Bismarck, North Dakota

Vocation: Social advocate, entrepreneur

Builder project: Sacred Pipe Resource Center, a program to support and catalyze the Native American community


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Tyler Read

Tyler Read

City: Rapid City, South Dakota

Vocation: Graffiti artist, arts educator

Builder project: Screen printing coalition as an advocate for arts community


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Ashton Wirrenga

Ashton Wirrenga

City: Bismarck, North Dakota

Vocation: Graphic designer, photographer, entrepreneur

Builder project: Create a print edition of local food magazine, Bevo


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John Riker and Patri Acevedo-Riker

John Riker and Patri Acevedo-Riker

City: Rapid City, South Dakota

Vocation: Owner of architectural firm AcV2

Builder project: Connect college to community to build a local tech incubator


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Nickolas and Ashley Rehder

Nickolas and Ashley Rehder

City: Pemberton, Minnesota

Vocation: Engineer and teacher, respectively

Builder project: Ruby Ranch, a community maker space on their family farm for children and families


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Jade Possail

Jade Possail

City: Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Vocation: Founder of Miracle Mugs

Builder project: Miracle Mugs, a nonprofit that supports Children’s Miracle Network


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Moses Tut

Moses Tut

City: Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Vocation: Business owner

Builder project: Conscious Youth Solutions, a nonprofit that helps Millennials connect to resources and opportunity


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Jonathan Otis

Jonathan Otis

City: Duluth, Minnesota

Vocation: Firefighter, beekeeper, designer, entrepreneur

Builder project: Create Duluth, a platform to include conversations and competitions that would help to build his community


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Joshua Hofer

Joshua Hofer

City: Tea, South Dakota

Vocation: Community builder, social entrepreneur

Builder project: Help to build an arts center in his hometown of Freeman, South Dakota


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Corey Gerlach

Corey Gerlach

City: Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Vocation: Musician, DJ, coffee roaster

Builder project: Open coffee roasting company, The Breaks


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Amy Thue

Amy Thue

City: Milbank, South Dakota

Vocation: Storefront owner

Builder project: Open pop-up gift shop on Main Street


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Karel Sovak

Karel Sovak

City: Bismarck, North Dakota

Vocation: College professor

Builder project: iSEEu, a program to support and guide community ideas, social entrepreneurship


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Wes Eisenhauer

Wes Eisenhauer

City: Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Vocation: Photographer, entrepreneur, musician

Builder project: Building a collaborative studio space


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Zach DeBoer

Zach DeBoer

City: Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Vocation: Art gallery owner

Builder project: Art, tactical urbanism, community building and urban planning


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Josh Stroschein

Josh Stroschein

City: Madison, South Dakota

Vocation: Technology educator

Builder Project: Founder and instructor of web development boot camp


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Karina Mork

Karina Mork

City: Glenwood, Minnesota

Vocation: Business / shop owner

Builder project: Advocate for more entrepreneurialism in her community


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Kadra Abdi

Kadra Abdi

City: Minnetonka, Minnesota

Vocation: Community advocate

Builder project: Combat sex trafficking in the OTA region


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Chad Ziemendorf

Chad Ziemendorf

City: Watford City, North Dakota

Vocation: Photographer

Builder project: Documentary storytelling about North Dakota on a blog called Intersection Journal; enabling fellow photographers to maximize their community impact


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Altman Studeny

Altman Studeny

City: Plankinton, South Dakota

Vocation: Resident artist, teacher

Builder project: Extending the reach of art opportunity into rural communities


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