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Theme: Modern Pioneers: The Future of Our Community

This event occurred on
August 25, 2012
9:30am - 12:00pm CDT
(UTC -5hrs)
Sioux Falls, SD
United States

On August 25, 1862, Sioux Falls was a six-year-old, successful small community in a growing western territory. When two local settlers were killed that day as part of the Dakota War of 1862, the community of Sioux Falls was quickly evacuated and the abandoned townsite was razed. The community would remain uninhabited by settlers for seven years.

We have to wonder where they started when they returned. What parts of the old city were rebuilt and what was left in the past? How did they set a vision for the new Sioux Falls? What were their hopes for the future?

One hundred and fifty years later, we will gather at TEDxSiouxFalls. We believe this anniversary is an opportunity to revisit our vision for the community and region. If we were to start over, what would we rebuild? How would we create a collective vision for the community? What would our hopes for the future be?

Sioux Falls Design Center
108 West 11th Street
Sioux Falls, SD, 57104
United States
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Cate Sommervold

Sommervold is a creativity and innovation expert. She writes, speaks and coaches leaders to increase creativity, critical thinking and communication: primarily in education and industry.

Rob Oliver

After a distinguished career in finance, Oliver became President of Augustana College in 2006. An active civic and social volunteer, Oliver will serve as Chairman of the Board for the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce in 2012-2013.

Bill Anderson

Anderson is the Vice President for Quality, Innovation, and Change Engineering at the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society in Sioux Falls, where his teams are working to lead the way in providing well-being for America’s seniors and their families.

Hannah Miller

A native of Mankato, Minn., and an elementary education major at Augustana, Miller was named the recipient of the 2012 Covenant Award for Service. In 2010, she was named one of two Augustana Peace Prize Forum Scholars and spent two months at Norway’s University of Oslo deepening her understanding of issues related to peace, justice, democracy, and human rights. For her final project as a Peace Prize Forum scholar, she examined the growing issue of human trafficking in South Dakota. This fall, she will start her first year as a teacher at Hawthorne Elementary in Sioux Falls.

Joe Bartmann

Joe Bartmann has spent the past decade working to help resilient communities cocreate something better. Joe currently co-runs a community innovation company called Weaver, where they believe in building a bright future for rural communities through practicing radical conversations and leading from the future as it emerges.

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Sioux Falls, SD, United States