21inc Ideas Festival d’idées 2015

admin February 4, 2017

November 4, 2015 @ 7:00 pm – November 7, 2015 @ 1:30 pm
Confederation Centre of the Arts
145 Richmond Street
Charlottetown, PE C1A 8G8

The 21inc Ideas Festival is one of Canada’s most inspiring, challenging and stimulating forums.

Occurring only once every two years, it is where Atlantic Canada’s emerging business and government leaders gather with their peers as well as the region’s established business leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators, artists, educators, policy makers and designers, to engage in the ideas shaping our future, and equip themselves with the knowledge and networks to transcend our biggest challenges.

The 21inc Ideas Festival is premised on three converging trends:

  • Innovation and productivity are the drivers of economic growth. They thrive where diverse networks of businesses, ideas, people and organizations interact.
  • Atlantic Canada’s aging demographic means young people need to increasingly take on positions of leadership in business and government.
  • The rapid pace of economic and social change, including the rise of developing countries, is forcing us to more effectively stimulate, communicate and apply new ideas. Importantly, there is no consensus around which ideas should be used.

The theme of the festival “100 ideas for the next 100 years” calls delegates to action while providing a roadmap for sustainable planning to various industries. Essentially, we are asking citizens to envision a prosperous Atlantic Canada 100 years from now and what ideas could be implemented today to support that vision. Our organization adheres to the viewpoint that many of the answers to our challenges comes from within and not from outside; When citizens are enabled, engaged and heard, they can leverage their ideas and create meaningful impact for their communities.

This year’s edition also aims to provide our delegates with the necessary tools and education to conceptualize their ideas and bring them to the next level (idea phase to project).  Much emphasis will also be placed on the aftermath of the festival and providing coaching and mentoring to ensure the implementation of their projects. Our hope is that some of these projects may result in start-up businesses and community initiatives. 

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