I am committed to trying to create a welcoming, friendly environment at the Kamloops Idea Festival. We have a wonderfully diverse group of registrants. No idea should be considered a bad idea. I invite people to be curious about other's points of views and, instead of challenging views, seek to understand them better. I am also inviting people to take a positive perspective instead of a problem perspective. Let's build on strengths. This is not to gloss over problems we have in our community. It simply asks we look at these problems from a strength based perspective.