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Innovation Showcase

April 7-9 marked a celebration of innovation at CC. The Showcase highlighted the creative work of our students, faculty, and staff; demonstrated various opportunities available at CC; and offered thought-provoking talks from world-renowned speakers.

Monday, April 7

“Innovation in Teaching Strategies” presented by I.D.E.A. 
2:15-4 p.m., I.D.E.A. Space, Cornerstone Arts Center

How can interaction with the arts stimulate innovative thinking in other disciplines? Over the past seven years, the I.D.E.A. has been using interdisciplinary arts experiences to enhance creative thinking by inviting students to apply analytical skills in new and challenging environments. In this program, Jessica Hunter-Larsen and four faculty members will present successful curricular collaborations and discuss their pedagogical value. Then, faculty will participate in a workshop in which they develop an arts-related activity based on one of their current courses. Hosted by Jessica Hunter-Larsen ’90, I.D.E.A. Space curator. Faculty presenters: Jane Murphy, Kris Stanec, Rebecca Tucker, Naomi Wood.

"The Why of Innovation: Great Innovation Comes from Great Purpose" presented by Dan Pallotta, keynote speaker for social innovation
7:30-9 p.m., Celeste Theatre, Cornerstone Arts Center 

Dan Pallotta invented the multi-day charitable event industry with the AIDS Rides and Breast Cancer 3-Days. These events have enabled ordinary individuals to make a difference, and have raised $582 million in nine years. Pallotta is the author of Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential, the best-selling title in the history of Tufts University Press, Chief Humanity Officer of Advertising for Humanity, and founder of the Charity Defense Council. His TED Talk “The Way We Think About Charity is Dead Wrong,” is one of the top 50 most-viewed presentations.

The Why of Innovation: Great Innovation Comes from Great Purpose

“The Why of Innovation” identifies how innovation is all the rage in business literature these days—how to stimulate it, how to improve it. But why? Why create it in the first place? In this powerful talk, Dan explains that great innovation comes from great purpose—from a desire to move humanity forward, no matter what the industry or sector. Ultimately, great innovation comes from love. It’s a profoundly moving oration for corporate or social change audiences, and it will leave people thinking differently about thinking differently.

Tuesday, April 8

“Innovations in the Public Interest: PIFP and Social Change in Colorado” presented by Public Interest Fellowship Program
12:15-1:30 p.m., Bemis Hall, lunch included 

As a Public Interest Fellowship Program fellow at the Bell Policy Center, Isabel Nicholson ’07 produced research and a policy paper that went on to change the face of payday lending practices in Colorado. The bill that was passed in Colorado as a result of Nicholson’s work now has become a model for other states, protecting consumers and allowing them greater flexibility for repayment plans. Please join us for lunch and watch a film, created by Doug Pray ’83 and co-directed by Mike Shum ’07, that tells Nicholson’s compelling story. The film will be followed by brief presentations from PIFP organizations and fellows who have had similar impact in the areas of education, healthcare, and the environment in recent years. Students, faculty, staff, and nonprofit community members are encouraged to attend. Hosted by Lani Hinkle ’83, PIFP administrator, and Sociology Professor Jeff Livesay.

PIFP "A Different Kind of Payday"

“Big Idea Winners: The Journey to this Point, and Beyond” presented by The Big Idea
2:30-4 p.m., McHugh Commons 

The Big Idea is back, and it’s bigger and better, with an ongoing program that teaches essential startup skills, an Innovative Minds lecture series, a Startup Bootcamp, and more local community and CC alumni interaction than ever before. But how did CC help these innovators take their ideas and dreams and turn them into reality? Hear the behind-the-scenes-stories of this year’s winners and learn how CC supported them in their innovative endeavors. Hosted by Patrick Bultema, The Big Idea executive director.

The Big Idea

“Venture Grant Bootcamp” presented by The Keller Family Venture Grants Program 
5-6:30 p.m., Slocum Commons, dinner included 

Have dinner and get some mad skills for developing your Venture Grant. Hear from students and their faculty mentors about strategies for collaborating. Learn how Venture Grants can help you launch into other fellowships. Get a sneak preview of the new SUMMIT online Venture Grant application. Team with Venture Grant winners to brainstorm your Venture Grant ideas over dinner. We’ll feed you while you get some serious Venture Grant food-for-thought! Hosted by Re Evitt, associate dean of the college, and Traci Freeman, director of the Colket Center for Academic Excellence.

“Large Landscape Conservation in the Rockies: Exploring New Conservation Paradigms for the 21st Century,” presented by State of the Rockies Project featuring Michael Soulé, keynote speaker for environmental innovation.
7-8:30 p.m., Celeste Theatre, Cornerstone Arts Center 

The State of the Rockies Project seeks to increase public understanding of vital issues affecting the Rockies. This year, The Rockies Project will release the 2014 State of the Rockies Report Card, premiere the Project’s newest film, “Spine of the Continent,” and host a talk with esteemed conservation biologist Michael Soulé. The 2014 Report Card, the Project’s 11th annual publication, will focus on a number of different large landscape conservation initiatives across the Rocky Mountain West. The “Spine of the Continent” film follows our expedition team during Summer 2013 as they travel from the Gila Wilderness in southern New Mexico and Arizona, to the Flathead River of northern Montana and British Columbia. After the film showing, Soulé will present a talk on the development of conservation biology and the rise of large landscape conservation. Hosted by Walt Hecox ’64, project director, and Brendan Boepple ’11, program director.

Exploring New Conservation Paradigms for the 21st Century

Soulé is the founder and former president of the Society for Conservation Biology and The Wildlands Network. He has written and edited nine books and more than 100 articles on biology, conservation biology, and the social and policy context of conservation. In 1998, Audubon magazine named Soulé one of the 100 Champions of Conservation of the 20th Century. He speaks and writes on ethics and conservation, serves on the boards of several conservation organizations, and consults internationally on nature protection.

Wednesday, April 9

“Change-Making on Campus and Abroad” presented by Global Social Innovation 
12:15-1:30 p.m., Loomis Lounge, lunch included

Michèle Leaman, changemaker campus director at Ashoka, works with faculty, administrators, and students to transform complex institutional systems into more supportive environments for social entrepreneurship and change making. Previously, Leaman spent six months backpacking in India, Bangladesh, Burma, Thailand, Laos, Malaysia, and Indonesia and created “What Moves You?” a travel curriculum for South and Southeast Asia that explores ethical questions related to global interdependence. She will present, along with students who traveled to Uganda and Bolivia in last summer’s Global Sustainability Internship program. Lunch will be provided. Hosted by Eric Popkin, associate professor of sociology, and Wade Roberts, associate professor of sociology.

Change-Making on Campus and Abroad

“An Innovative Life: How to Capitalize on your Passions During and After College” presented by Emily Havens '09, Design + Strategy Consultant at Owl, Fox and Dean
2—3:15 p.m., East Rastall, Worner Campus Center

The Independently Designed Major (IDM) is for students who wish to pursue a major other than an existing disciplinary or interdisciplinary major. This option requires considerable initiative, self-discipline and persistence. But what is it actually like to be an IDM major? And how does this translate to life after college?

Emily Havens, ‘09, graduated with an LAS major (now IDM) in Environmental Anthropology. She has been enthusiastically “independently designing” her life since. Drawing on her cross-disciplinary experiences in the world of wilderness and leadership education, social finance, venture philanthropy, and the startup world of Silicon Valley, Havens will take us on a journey of possibility, insight, and self-reflection. Come ready to engage and reflect, and be armed with all the questions you can muster. Hosted by Re Evitt, associate dean of the college.

More photos from the Innovation Showcase