Iowa Ideas is a nonpartisan, statewide learning experience designed to explore the key questions and big ideas that will shape the future of Iowa.

Created by The Gazette, Iowa Ideas consists of in-depth, solutions-focused journalism and events. Engaged citizens, community advocates and industry leaders are invited to join us.

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Frequently Asked Questions

    Oct 31, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    What is Iowa Ideas?

    What will I gain from attending the Iowa Ideas conference?

    Why is The Gazette going into other markets beyond your core circulation area?

    When will the next magazine be published, and how can I get it? 

    How were the track topics selected? What about doing a track or session on [x]? 

    What are you looking for in speakers? How can I suggest a speaker? 

    How can I get involved with Iowa Ideas? 

    Who can I contact for more information?


    What is Iowa Ideas?

    Iowa Ideas is a nonpartisan, statewide learning experience designed to explore the key questions and big ideas that will shape the future of Iowa. Iowa Ideas is created and produced by the Cedar Rapids Gazette. 

    In 2017, Iowa Ideas focused on eight key topics: Health care, K-12 education, higher education, regionalism / workforce, transportation, agriculture, energy & environment and Workplace (R)evolution. (Stay tuned for 2018 tracks!)

    Important issues in each area were explored in a variety of ways: 

    • The Iowa Ideas symposia, a series of community conversations that took place across Iowa throughout the first half of 2017.

    • The Iowa Ideas magazine, featuring in-depth, solutions-focused stories, gorgeous photos and informative graphics to help delve deeper than the average newspaper article.

    • The inaugural Iowa Ideas conference, hosted in Cedar Rapids Sept. 20-22, drew 650 people to explore all 8 topic areas via panel discussions, interviews with leaders and thought-provoking experiences.


    What will I gain from attending the Iowa Ideas conference?

    Our attendees say they appreciate hearing multiple perspectives on the issues, learning about solutions and connecting with fellow passionate Iowans. 

    Iowa Ideas is designed to be a community building experience around defining issues for our state. There are several potential outcomes – many of which will be driven by the people who participate:

    • Be part of a deep and nuanced conversation, based in fact and with an emphasis on solutions

    • Connect with speakers and fellow attendees who are passionate about similar issues

    • Hear first-hand from newsmakers, be inspired and learn about new ideas

    • Have the opportunity to keep the work and conversations going beyond the events

     

    Why is The Gazette going into other markets beyond your core circulation area?

    The issues we have identified are not unique to Eastern Iowa. These are issues relevant to our state as a whole and it’s critical we hear and engage all parts of the state when thinking about current state and ideas for the future. 


    When will the next magazine be published? How do I get it?

    The Iowa Ideas magazine was published five times in 2017. The dates are: 

    March 5

    April 30

    July 9 

    September 10

    October 29

    The magazine is distributed in The Gazette and at events around Iowa - you can also order a free copy and find the stories online.  

      

    How were the track topics selected? What about a track, session or story on [x]?

    Each of our tracks represents an industry that has the opportunity to shape the future of Iowa. Many of these major industries are in a state of change - and thus, ripe for exploration and discussion. From our work at The Gazette, we know these topics continue to impact Iowans in a variety of ways. We kept the topics broad with the intent to have many conversations within each track.

    Have an idea of something we should cover? We would love to hear it – drop a line to iowaideas@thegazette.com.

     

    What are you looking for in speakers? How can I suggest a speaker?

    We are looking for speakers, panelists, workshops, discussions and more, including Iowans and people from around the nation. Within each of our tracks, we are especially looking for:

    • Doers” – people who have direct experience and are making a difference in their field

    • New ideas – things that are on the cutting edge or haven’t been tried in Iowa before

    • Bridge builders – people who have the subject matter expertise to see an issue from multiple angles

    Speakers shouldn't "sell from the stage" -- we have sponsor and exhibitor opportunities available for those offering a product or service that would benefit Iowa Ideas attendees.

    If you know someone who would make a great Iowa Ideas speaker, drop us a line: iowaideas@thegazette.com

     

    How can I get involved?

     

    So glad you asked – more ideas here

     

    Who can I contact for more information? 

    email: iowaideas@thegazette.com

    call: Gazette events manager Elizabeth Kimmel, 319-398-8345

    mail: 

    Elizabeth Kimmel
    Iowa Ideas Conference
    The Gazette, P.O. Box 1862
    Cedar Rapids IA 52406-1862

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