Join a global crew of adventurous minds
MArch 08–09

Session DAys

BURLINGTON, VT (@ HULA)
Online → Worldwide
MArch 07

Adventure day (Optional)

Bolton VAlley, Vt
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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WILD IDEAS RUN FREE?
This isn’t a conference, retreat, festival, or even the dreaded “un-conference.” It’s a 1-of-a-kind experience built to help you drop out in tune in to what matters. Join incredible people who think differently than you to jam together on global issues, challenge outdated ideas (while you re-frame your own), and have a s#*t ton of fun.

WORK TOGETHER & INNOVATE MORE

Five innovative organizations need your help to overcome a challenge that stands in their way. Join a purpose-driven crew of adventurous minds from all fields to work directly with the founders on each challenge. Learn about the topics & yourself while you help put each organization in a better position to change the world.
Lab #1
Consumers demand sustainable alternatives. Why aren’t factories producing them?

Checkerspot is designing with biology to create bio-based performance materials and products (inc. some really kick-ass skis!). Trouble is, many factories are a black box and are resistant to adopting new materials. Can you help figure out the broken link?

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Lab #2
Cause-based marketing — is there a better way?

Moonburger is imagining a plant-based burger stop that leads with taste (and NOT mission). But human consumption is a powerful and complicated machine. Is cause-based marketing really the best way toward changing hearts, minds, and behavior?

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Lab #3
Extractive supply chains are broken. How do we foster a regenerative alternative?

Cambium Carbon is building a scalable local supply chain around a new “hyper-sustainable class of material” they’re calling Carbon Smart Wood™. How do they get wood buyers to adopt? And, what story do they need to tell to build a national movement?

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Lab #4
Change your bait. Engagement strategies to center lived experience, build trust, and reduce gun violence.

Taylor Paul and his RVA League for Safer Streets use basketball to build trust, unite communities and police, and reduce gun violence. He’s living proof that lived experience matters and we can create safer, stronger communities when those closest to the problems are the ones driving solutions. How else might centering lived experience in your community help break down walls and build bridges?

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Lab #5
An undervalued community aids a shrinking workforce. How can we shift the zeitgeist around autism in employment?

T.A.C.T. (Teaching the Autism Community Trades) encourages and empowers the full spectrum of individuals with autism through education, and employment in the skilled trade industry. As the number of neurodistinct individuals continues to drastically rise and new challenges confront us, Americans have an opportunity to maintain the status quo or extend a new seat at the table to include these bright minds. Can you help shift the conversation to include these creative thinkers?

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PLAY
TOGETHER
& CONNECT
MORE

Connections made through play become lasting friendships. These bonds inspire collaboration when it’s time to get down to business. Each session day, share outdoor experiences (built for all ability levels), culture-melding conversations, locally-sourced community dinners, and more moments built to break down walls between you and a global crew of adventurous minds.
Justin Fornal leads a sacred tea ritual and meditative cold soak in Lake Champlain.
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Catch a ride on a deeply cultural and environmental mode of transport: a dog sled!
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Release your inhibitions with a Gaga dance and movement session that gets to you on a cellular level.
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Allow nature to glide you across snow or ice with kite power and a ski/snowboard.
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IMPORTANT WORK MEETS PRODUCTIVE PLAY

This is not a conference. It’s not a retreat, festival, summit, concert, or even the dreaded “un-conference.” It’s a unique experience that nestles gently in between all of these things, designed to marry work and play, and to help you drop out & tune in to what matters.

THE WORK/PLAY

We bring the companies. You bring the ideas. We’re gathering six leading organizations with innovative solutions for global communications, food systems, mental health, inequality, pollution, and new energy. Jam with the founders and an incredible crew of adventurous minds to find new solutions for the challenges they’re facing. In the process, learn about the topic, the world, and yourself.

THE PLAY/WORK

Share outdoor experiences, culture-melding conversations (and maybe a few arguments), locally-sourced community dinners, and more meaningful moments designed to break down walls and build connections. Go wild (or mild) with polar plunges → sauna → hot sake → yoga and more. Snowkiting anyone? Optionally, gear up for a backcountry adventure day in Bolton Valley’s 5,000 acres of pristine high forest.

Stay tuned for more announcements about 2023.
Get to know us better by checking out what happened last summer >>

READY TO JOIN?

Currently, registration is only available privately to our existing members. In the meantime, tell us about yourself & we’ll let you know when passes become available. Registration for the public opens mid-January, 2023.

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ADVENTURE DAY

MARCH 7, 2023
OFF PISTE & ON PRINCIPLE
Optionally, gear up for a back country adventure day in Bolton Valley’s 5,000 acres of pristine high forest. Kick off the sessions with an intimate group of <50 to connect with and share the love of the great outdoors. Enjoy winter camping, tipples, Nordic skiing / splitboarding / skinning, all while building core memories in a serene snowscape.
Activate The Body
Spark The Soul
Expand The Mind
Breathe In
Breath Out

Meet The Crew

Adventurous Minds [əd-’ven-ch(ə-)rəs ‘mīnds], (n.):

BIG thinkers that go against the grain and live to innovate. They believe in doing what it takes to collaborate and solve big problems. No matter the industry, political lean, or academic degree, these people get s#*t done, as long as it improves our world.

Ben
Christensen

CEO
Cambium Carbon

MArisa
Repka

CO-Founder & CFO
Cambium Carbon

Theo
Hooker

CO-Founder & COO
Cambium Carbon

Charles
Dimmler

CEO & Co-founder
Checkerspot Inc.

Matt
Engler

Senior Director,
Business Development
Checkerspot Inc.

Jeremy
Robinson-Leon

Founder
Moonburger

Julian
Portilla

Mediation &
Consulting

Sarah
Yourgrau

2x Emmy-Winning
Storyteller & Founder
Common Ground Studios

Justin
Fornal

Explorer, Author,
Extreme Athlete

Laura
Toma

Contemporary Dance
Artist

Ana
Harmon

Dancer and
Arts Activist

DAnny
COMBS

Founder
TACT

Becky
Mershon

Director of Programs and Development
TACT

Kyle
Dobson

CEO and President
Greater Burlington YMCA

Taylor
Paul

Co-Founder
RVA League for Safer Streets

Manu
Meel

CEO
BridgeUSA

Anoop
Pillarisetti

Advisory Board Member
Moonburger

Jay
Coen Gilbert

CEO
Imperative 21
Founder
B Lab

Raphael
Bemporad

Founding Partner
BBMG

Cheryl
Eaton

Managing Director
& Partner
Guru Media Solutions

Dr. Zoe
Spencer

Professor
Virginia State University
More to be announced
Such a great program, great energy, great learning. I heard from a number of our members how amazing they found it.
Kate Williams
CEO, 1% For The Planet
Very cool. Very brave. And necessary.
Ken Lucas
Snowkiting Pioneer and Professional Athlete
Amazing concept, amazing idea, and perfect execution.
Moritz Nachtschatt
GM, Protect Our Winters (Austria)
March 08–09

Session Days

Burlington, VT (@HULA)
Online → Worldwide
March 07

Adventure Day
(OPTIONAL)

Bolton Valley, Vt