Our Idea Exchanges allow people from diverse disciplines to come together to trade ideas, network, and be exposed to new skills.


MaRS Discovery District, Toronto | June 13, 2010

The Toronto ideaXchange: Dimensions of Music wrapped up on June 13 with some great music, written by our guests Rich Aucoin, Rob Fenton, Lenni Jabour, and Patrick Brealey.

The musicians were sent to a studio for four hours and wrote a song on the theme of music and social change. You can learn about their thoughts on the creative process of collaboration, and on the song itself, by watching a video from the event here

We heard from a number of other speakers and facilitators on June 13, including Teriano from World Vision, contrasting her life as a grad student to her life growing up in rural Kenya. Danielle Dudycha blew us away with an aria, and Shirley Khalil showed us how to use music as a tool for therapy and empowerment. Lastly, Michael Louis Johnson & the Red Rhythm improvised a complete set around the themes of the conference.

Pictures from the event are available on Flickr.


1:00 Opening remarks from The Treehouse Group, The Musicians, World Vision (our Charity Partner)
1:30 Speed-dating for ideas
1:45 Brain Cleanser 1: In the opera
2:00 The great music mash-up
3:00 Break
3:15 Brain Cleanser 2: Music as therapy
3:30 The value of music
4:30 Brain Cleanser 3: Afternoon at the improv
4:45 Music without borders
5:00 Panel discussion: the creative process
5:30 Reception (catered)

Special thanks to event sponsors World Vision and the MaRS Discovery District.


Centre for Knowledge Studies, Bangalore | February 7, 2009

Our first overseas IdeaXchange, Envisioning Bangalore 2020: Trends, Problems and Solutions, was put together by Nicolas Rouleau and took place in Bangalore on February 7, 2009. Held at the Centre for Knowledge Studies‘ CKS House, participants from a variety of disciplines came together to discuss the question of what Bangalore will look like in 10 years if current trends continue. The discussions covered issues such as transportation, immigration, urbanisation, culture, poverty, sanitation, and health.

Read more about the Bangalore Idea Exchange on the Event Flyer here.


Design Exchange, Toronto | January 23, 2009

The second Toronto ideaXchange was an enormous success due to the quality of our participants, volunteers, and our sponsors - TD, Metcalf Foundation, Heenan Blaikie, and the Design Exchange. We put people to work in the Idea Factory, generated some 3D architectural models in the 3D sketch, and watched Children and Youth Services Minister Deb Matthews learn how to DJ. For a full roster of pictures from the day, check out our Flickr feed here.

The architectural models our guests made were fuelled by good ideas, apples and jellybeans, and went on display in the Chalmers Design Centre at the Design Exchange until March 2, 2009.

The Idea Exchange program (PDF) with instructions for the 3D sketch and Idea Factory can be downloaded here.


MaRS Discovery District | March 2, 2008

It was the participation of an eclectic and dynamic cross-section of thinkers from across the city that made this event so exciting. We chatted about how insects have sex, analyzed toy cars, cut up magazines, drummed on our tables and argued about environmentalism.

A special thank-you is in order to Dr. John Evans, Chairman of MaRS, for his introductory talk on the power of multi-disciplinary collaboration, and to Tim Brodhead, Chairman of the McConnell Foundation, on the intersection of socially responsible projects with the world of business.

We would also like to thank our generous sponsors: Telus & MaRSDD.


2:00 What is the Treehouse Group?
John Evans, Chairman of MaRS
Finding the Intersection - Speed Dating for Ideas
The Great Magazine Mash-up
Let’s Get It On: An intimate view into the lives of insects
Modelling Problems; Modelling Solutions
How to do a Drum-Roll
Tim Brodhead, The McConnell Foundation
Continuing the Conversation (with a glass of wine)