2012: Thriving

“Thriving” brought TEDxFargo to our community for the first time. A small group of committed people gathered to share ideas and to explore how ideas can solve problems and create possibilities.

February 7th, 2012

ecce art gallery

100 Attendees


Michael Strand

Michael J. Strand is Professor of Art and Head of Visual Arts at North Dakota State University. With a background as afunctional potter, Michael’s work has moved seamlessly into social and community engagement while remaining dedicated to the traditional object as he investigates the potential of craft as a catalyst for social change.

Dr. Susan Mathison

Dr. Susan Mathison is a Stanford educated, triple-board certified physician, and the founder of the Catalyst Medical Center.

Carl Peterson

CEO and founder of Peterson Farms Seed, Carl Peterson is proud to say, “I have lived in the same house my entire life and I’ve never had a job.” Which means, Carl grew up and still lives on the home place his grandfather purchased in 1918. And that, as an entrepreneur and small business owner, he has never had to go through an employment interview. Carl thrives on identifying and solving problems. His professional credentials include a BS in Ag Production from Iowa State; MS in Ag Econ from Purdue; MBA from Indiana University; and is CCA accredited. Carl reads voraciously and most weekends he can be found playing piano and singing on his church worship team. And as a master of trivia, he always seems to have a quirky come-back.

Doug Burgum

Founder of the Kilbourne Group in Fargo, ND.