MiX brings three noted speakers to Nicollet Mall this week

The Minneapolis Idea Exchange (MiX) is bringing three noted speakers — Pixar animator Pete Docter, social justice advocate Tavis Smiley and longevity expert Dan Buettner — to Nicollet Mall this week for a festival of ideas.

Tim Hart-Anderson and Mary Schaffer, co-chairs of the Minneapolis Downtown Council’s 2025 Plan MiX Committee, said the goal is to draw inspiration from the speakers for “community collaboration” in the city.  

“Their creativity and passion will shape the discussions we want our community to have around issues that are top of mind for us,” they said in a joint statement.

The event is in partnership with the 35th annual Westminster Town Hall Forum. All forums are free to the public and will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church at 12th & Nicollet. 

Here’s the event schedule:

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Monday, Sept. 28

— 5–7 p.m.: Pre-Event MiXer at the Piazza on the Mall next to Westminster featuring a cash bar, Simply Steve’s food truck, and community programming provided by Beatrix Jarwill, IFP-MN, The Art Institute International Minnesota, Brave New Workshop and a film screening of the movie “UP.”

—   7–8 p.m.: Westminster Town Hall Forum featuring Pete Docter with moderator Cathy Wurzer of MPR. The topic is “Inside the Creative Community: The Power and Process of Animated Film.” 

Thursday, Oct. 1

— 5–7 p.m: Pre-Event MiXer at the Piazza on the Mall featuring a cash bar, GastroTruck Food Truck, and community programming provided by Brave New Workshop, Jayanthi Kyle, Million Artist Movement and The YWCA.

 — 7–8 p.m.: Westminster Town Hall Forum featuring Tavis Smiley with moderator Toni Randolph of MPR. The topic is “No One Left Out: Creating Communities of Justice.”  

Friday, Oct. 2

— 11 a.m.: Pre-Event MiXer at the Piazza on the Mall featuring GastroTruck Food Truck and community programming provided by The YWCA and the Minneapolis Bike Coaltion.

—   Noon: Westminster Town Hall Forum featuring Dan Buettner with moderator Becky Roloff, CEO of the YWCA of Minneapolis. The topic is “A Blue Zones City: Living Like the World’s Healthiest People.”