Innovation in Action

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Day of Innovation Graphic, Join us November 16, 2009
Virtual Brainstorming Sessions
Monday, November 16, 2009
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

We'll pose questions, tackle problems, and toss around ideas and possible solutions for issues affecting our region. Get involved from your own desktop! Or join us on campus at one of the brainstorming kiosks available in the Student Union Atrium. LEARN MORE...

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Frans Johansson
Author of the bestseller The Medici Effect

April 9, 2010
9:15 a.m., Apollo Room, Student Union
Free and open to the public

John Corvino, Ph.D.
Philosophy professor and "gay moralist"

April 20, 2010
7 p.m., Apollo Room, Student Union
Free and open to the public

Ted Rall
Nationally syndicated editorial cartoonist

May 3, 2010
7 p.m., Apollo Room, Student Union
Free and open to the public

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What is Innovation?

Innovation is a new way of doing something that results in improved value or quality. It employs "out-of-the-box" thinking to generate positive changes in thinking, products, processes, organizations, and society. It makes creative thinking a useful reality.

John Kao, author of Innovation Nation, writes "innovation emerges when different bodies of knowledge, perspectives, and disciplines are brought together." Kao describes the process as a "blending of the intuitive and the practical, of the optimistic and the pragmatic." His blueprint for a national innovation strategy calls for a major rejuvenation—from early educational systems to public policy—to drive social and economic development.

The future of many systems—educational, entrepreneurial, industrial and governmental—depends upon their ability to move beyond incremental improvements to innovation.

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