October 18, 2018 Brave New Workshop Minneapolis

Get a real-world perspective on the human side of innovation

MNovation gathers some of the most innovative minds from across our state for an all day party designed to help you:

  • Open your mind through exposure to smart cookies from a wide variety of industries and companies.
  • Bust out of your comfort zone with hands-on exercises.
  • Learn and network with panelists and other innovators that are getting it done every day!

You will learn and practice five behaviors proven to create a change-ready culture, engaged teams, and an environment that welcomes the whole human. This series is the first of its kind in its focus on the mindset + behaviors that fuel innovation not just the systems, tools and skills necessary.

I learned a ton, met lots of interesting people and have some cool ideas to take back to my business. I was really impressed with the whole day and your team.


Learn from the best – our diverse group of innovators can teach you how to get your mind right, stay the course, and change the world.

Our panelists play in large corporate environments, small companies, social enterprises, academia, government, non-profits, media and arts organizations. Confirmed panelists will be below, we are adding new rockstars every day. If you are curious about past events see past panelists.

The panel discussions were great, enjoyed the interactive workshop, and the super interesting people I met. I always appreciate ending the day packing sandwiches, a powerful reminder of the work we need to do in the community.

Networking at conferences usually intimidate me, but the atmosphere was so fun that I was able to comfortably talk to people and I had some really good conversations. You guys are doing cool work!


8:30 AM – 9 AM Registration and light breakfast

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM Keynote and Warm Up: John Sweeney and Elena Imaretska on the Mindset of Discovery

10:15 AM – 10:30 AM Break

10:30 AM – 11:15 AM Panel 1

11:15 AM – 11:30 AM Exercise and Energizer

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Panel 2

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM Innovation Fitness Sessions: Big Five Workout Breakouts facilitated by BNW Master Facilitators: Bobby Gardner, Caleb McEwen, Jenni Lilledahl, Lauren Anderson, Margi Simmons, Heather Meyer

3:00 PM – 3:15 PM Break

3:15 PM – 4:15 PM Panel 3

4:15 PM – 4:45 PM Personal Innovation Activation Plan and Discussion

4:45 PM – 5:00 PM Wrap up

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Happy Hour Squared (HH2)
Attendees are invited to take part in fun and relaxing happy hour after a full day of learning! This happy hour will be like no other as we’ll be making sandwiches to be distributed to the hungry by Mr. Law’s MRD 363 Days Food Program.

The workshop focus on positivity and reframing challenges as opportunities is really relevant to my role. I’ve been applying this all week and will continue to use this technique with my team moving forward!

All MNovation attendees will receive John Sweeney’s groundbreaking new book The Innovative Mindset, which helps you identify what you need to do in order to become more innovative and less fearful, and assists in creating a regimen that transforms how you act. Whether personally or in a business setting, this text provides a fresh, practical understanding of innovation can revolutionize the way you think about work. | More about THE BOOK HERE!