Idea Swap—A Day for Millennials to Take the LeadSept 10 Event_bubbles

On September 10, 2015, recognized as National Swap Ideas Day, innovators who are in the early stage of their career will take the lead at our Thinking Forward event. These dynamic presenters will share their ideas on what is needed to transform this world into a richer, more vibrant place and convey how they have put these ideas to work in a specific area of interest in the communities in which they work and live.

  • Lindsay Cray is Executive Director and Co-Founder of The Earthworks Institute, a local nonprofit that is developing new and innovative education-based initiatives that advocate for greater community and environmental sustainability in Rochester. She explains her approach in Take It Outside: How Nature is Becoming Part of a New Public Health Strategy.
  • M. Andre Primus, Founder and Director of RocShare, an organization that serves to help encourage the growth of alternative economies in Rochester, explores What Happens When Community is Wealth.
  • Cassidy Putney, whose passion for food evolved into a passion for zero waste, is actively involved in sustainability and environmental action, both at RIT and at Impact Earth, Inc. She shares her pursuits in Watch Your Waste: The Diet to Zero.
  • Susan Spencer, Ph.D., is President and Founder of ROCSPOT, committed to revitalizing Rochester through initiatives based on solar technology. A solar scientist and climate change activist, she will describe the incredible power and potential of solar technology to deploy real solutions to poverty and the climate crisis in Energy Innovation and Creative Business Practice to Transform Rochester.
  • Benjamin Woelk, a specialist in creating greater communication and connection to place and people through his multidisciplinary consulting firm Slow Road, shares his passion in disseminate.

During the evening of presentations, Cynthia Rochet, Bilingual Recreation Leader for the City of Rochester and Director of Avenue D Afro Latino Dance Group, will introduce dancers from this talented group of 6 to 13 year old girls. Their dancing, Reggaeton from Puerto Rico, provides a look at how owning one’s culture through the arts can enrich one’s life and community.

Following a brief talk by each presenter, all attendees will swap their ideas for transforming the many communities in which they work and live. Registration, networking, and light refreshments are from 5 to 5:30 p.m., the program runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and program wrap-up runs from 7:30 to 8 p.m. This will be a Zero Waste event.

Learn more about our event coordinators, Bill Self and Judith Shenouda, as well as Thinking Forward.

Here’s our Poster for the event!



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