This year Cultivate hosted keynote speaker Derreck Kayongo, CEO at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, who brought his unique prospective to the audience with a presentation centered around “Tapping Your Power to Create Social Change”. His presentation and personal example of philanthropic entrepreneurship set an inspirational tone for the day and lead to a more specific conversation around the ability of individuals to create both local and global impact through incremental change in the Fox Cities.
Laura Zabel, the Executive Director of Springboard for the Arts , which operates Creative Exchange, a platform for sharing free toolkits, resources, and profiles to help artists and citizens collaborate on replicating successful and engaging community projects was also a presenter this June. An economic and community development agency run by and for artists, Springboard provides programs that help artists make a living and a life, and programs that help communities connect to the creative power of artists.
Additionally, we hosted Milwaukee designer Ryan Tretow, Creative Entrepreneur at TRETOW, LLC and Architectural Designer for Kahler Slater in Milwaukee who provided an expert demonstration around the power of pop-up spaces, the impact of community art and the importance of design in a community.
Cody Muenster, the head business coach at Outstanding Pros and founder of multiple small businesses locally gave a presentation on the power of giving back, or how “Doing good is good for business”.
The video above demonstrates some of the local projects and outcomes that have come to fruition over the past year that also align with the many ideas that were discussed & presented at Cultivate 2015 and all of which are specific examples of social innovation in the Fox Cities.