Our Core DNA

1. We’re here to influence change.
2. What’s said in the tribe stays in tribe (no repercussions for speaking your mind).
3. But the ideas we generate are meant to be spread.
4. We’re here to learn, not to judge.
5. There is no glass ceiling. Anyone can bring an idea to make our interactions more meaningful.
6. We are thrilled to be a part of this industry.
7. We are not your grandfather’s builders.
8. We’re about balanced tangible results.
9. We are passionate about impacting tomorrow.


We are a creative community that wants to challenge status quo thinking in residential development. We believe there’s always a better, smarter, more elegant and sustainable way of doing things. And we want to find that way—for our communities, for our organizations, and for ourselves.

The Idea District is a tribe comprised of veterans and up-and-comers—a mashup of emergent thinking and hard-earned wisdom—united by a desire for disruptive, productive change. And, you know, there’s something magical about the collision of ideas from different walks of life (and stages of career). As the author Julian Barnes once wrote, “Perhaps the world progresses not by maturing, but by being in a permanent state of adolescence, of thrilled discovery.”

Our gatherings are designed to create an open, relaxed space for the engagement of ideas.

We’re not big on seminars. We love to hear provocative ideas from passionate speakers, but we favor short, lively, interactive talks. Preferably fueled by an adult beverage or three.

We invite an eclectic mix of perspectives, because we believe the best insights usually come from the most unexpected sources.

And we call B.S. when we see (or hear, or smell) it.

We do all this because the built environment matters too much to settle for the status quo. The Idea District is fostering meaningful connections and access to wisdom that will shape the next phase of this influential industry. By coming together we can learn from the past so that we might create a wiser, more sustainable future.


Take a Risk Pill
A conversation about taking risks, failures, and recoveries with speakers from the coffee, cannabis and government industries.

Join us at Track 7 Brewing Company for the next Idea District on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. For more information and tickets click here.






Inside the Mind of the Millennial

Thanks to all who joined us for our most recent event at The Mill at Broadway where we explored the millennial take on housing. Our engaging moderator, Deana Ellis of Cresleigh Homes, really quizzed our millennial panel members and a great time was had by all. We look forward to seeing you at the next Idea District on July 28.


Enjoy a sampling of our past events. What we do is not normal and definitely not like every other “mixer” you’ve been to.

#HereWeLive: Urban Living Reimagined

What did we talk about?

#HereWeLive – The Character of Place

#HereWeLive – Foodies + Startups


Beer & Brain Food

Whiskey & Wisdom

If You Could Change One Thing