BIG Ideas Schedule

View the program for the BIG Ideas Meeting.

by Alex Rodriguez


12:00 p.m. - Tours

Tour 1: Bringing the Housing First Model to Life - Community First! Village

Tour 2: Solving “Wicked Problems” Through Social Entrepreneurship – The Center for Social Innovation

3:30 p.m. – Check-in Starts

4:00 p.m. – Opening Session Begins

Speaker: Jon Kolko, Partner at Modernist Studio, and the Founder of Austin Center for Design Introduces the Innovation Process and How to Think More Creatively.

Heather Alden and Board Members Share their Work with the SIMS Foundation in Supporting Musicians in Recovery.

6:30 p.m. – Reception and Dinner at the LINE Hotel


Breakfast on Your Own

7:00 a.m. - Fitness Activity: Meet in the hotel lobby for a walk or run around Lady Bird Lake (located just behind the hotel)

9:00 a.m. – Provocateur Panel Session: Public Safety and Human Services Perspectives

Michael Dickey, Deputy Director, Office of Substance Misuse and Addiction Prevention, Alaska Dept of Health and Social Services

Dr. Andy Baker, Chief Medical Examiner, Hennepin County, MN

Derek Bergsten, Fire Chief, Rockford Fire Department, Rockford, IL

10:00 a.m. – Provocateur Panel Session: What’s on the Horizon, Solutions and Impact

 Dr. Marie Peoples, Head of Health Dept in Coconino County, AZ

 Dr. Daniel Crowe, Senior Medical Director, Superior Health Plan

 Robin Peyson, Executive Director, Communities for Recovery

 Lucas G. Hill, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP, Clinical Assistant Professor, The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy

11:00 a.m. – Small Group Work Begins, “Creating New Solutions to the Opioid Crisis in our Communities”

12:00 p.m. – Lunch

1:00 p.m. – Small Group Work Resumes

6:30 p.m. – Dinner, Followed by a Rooftop Reception at the Austin Public Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez St., Austin, Texas, 78701


Breakfast on Your Own

9:00 a.m. – Closing Program Begins

  •   Small Group Report Outs
  •   Voting on Projects to Pilot
  •   Attendee Takeaway Discussion. What are You Taking Home?

11:30 a.m. – Dismiss

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