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Sonoma County Innovation Festival - Brainstorm / Design Thinking session

Join us in planning the first of what we hope will be an annual celebration of innovation and creativity in Sonoma County.

We want to create and host an innovation festival that will bring out entrepreneurs, startups, artists, city planners, and local businesses to collectively think about how we can engage one another to create more awesomeness in Sonoma County.  We have support from great venues like the Barlow and great resources like the City of Santa Rosa, the Sonoma County Economic Development Board, and the Sonoma County Office of Education.  Prior to submitting our initial proposals, we want to have a design thinking session with the good minds among the Chimera community, in order to hear people's ideas, suggestions, wants/needs, etc.  Anything is on the table at this point.  Please, join in the conversation!

We'll be joined by Leon Segal, PhD.  Leon is an innovation psychologist with over 25 years of experience in human factors, product innovation, and experience design. His broad experience includes the design of spacecraft cockpits and the interior of long-haul trucks. After working in IDEO's Palo Alto offices, he founded and led the company's Tel Aviv office. He has directed innovation processes and taught design thinking all over the world. Leon plays saxophone and lives in Sonoma County, California.  He now runs InnovationShip (, and is a parent at Summerfield Waldorf.

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  • Sheri G.

    Hi Everyone,

    Just seeing this, so I clearly missed the gathering, but wanted to share that the Aspen Ideas Fest might be a great resource for what you are creating. I hope to join in the next round.

    August 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nice to meet all y'all; sorry I had to scoot early. Looking forward to the development of this idea.

    August 4, 2014

  • Caleb Adam H.

    I'll be there about 10 mins late. See you guys soon!

    August 4, 2014

  • Dana W.

    FYI, there is two meetups scheduled tonight, sorry for the schedule confusion!

    August 4, 2014

  • Steve D.

    Sounds like a great idea.
    Sorry I can't make this date.
    Please keep me posted when the next meet comes up.

    August 3, 2014

  • Kimberly M.

    Hi Caleb. We're spending the day in Berkeley and will try to make it back in time for the Meetup.

    August 2, 2014

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