PUTTING IDEAS IN MOTION
Our journeys are a transformational experience for all involved. Participants grow as leaders, grow their entrepreneurial and design skill sets, and co-create new ideas with fellow riders. As we pass through different states, terrains and cities, we gain a new-found understanding of the country and its boundless potential. And we help others see it too, by showcasing innovations at local hubs and advancing creative projects in the localities where our train stops. Over the course of 3,000 miles, we become better leaders, thinkers and doers – and, through multi-media storytelling, we inspire others to do the same.
JOURNEYS THAT BUILD LEADERS
JULIA RHEE | STORYTELLER
The Counter Generation
Julia Rhee, the daughter of first generation immigrant entrepreneurs used her MTP journey to document and share the experience of small business owners and immigrant communities across America.
Julia shared her findings through a blog and connected with on-train mentors from the US Small Business Administration. She is in the process of presenting the SBA with a strategy for helping to invigorate immigrant-led business communities.
MATTHEW STEPP | POLICY MAKER
Energy Innovation Across America
Matthew is an energy policy analyst who used the MTP journey to meet with local energy innovators and tour national energy laboratories.
Matthew started Center for Clean Energy Innovation - a non-profit after MTP and authored congressional legislation based on insights gained from journey.
CAMERON HARDESTY | POET
Cameron, a White House speechwriter, used the MTP journey to explore her passion for poetry by building and photographing public poetry installations in each city.
Cameron displayed her work at a gallery show and strengthened her personal identity as an artist.
NATE CONROY | SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR
Nate from Milwaukee met with school boards in each MTP destination to pitch his education technology start-up product.
Nate sold his technology product to the Minneapolis education district and won his first customer outside his hometown.
ACASIA OLSON | COMMUNITY HEALER
Acasia Olson, a community organizer based in Seattle, facilitated group dialogues around racial healing in each MTP destination.
Acasia gained trans-regional perspective on attitudes towards race and enabled challenging but important conversations that built bridges between diverse communities.
JOURNEYS THAT CHANGE LIVES