Innovation at CC seeks to empower all students with the creative confidence to be changemakers. We create spaces where work merges with play and encourage students, faculty and staff to take risks without preconceived outcomes. While students might think it unwise to risk anything less than excellence, the quality of resilience that is crucial to any successful career and life requires reframing failure as a necessary and fruitful learning tool in an ongoing process of discovery. We seek to redefine success for our students and empower them to lead holistic, balanced lives driven by passion and curiosity - lives that include meaningful work.
Innovation at CC differentiates itself by bringing a stronger focus to the dimension of creativity, the precursor to innovation. In general, creativity refers to the ability to generate ideas, while innovation refers to the execution of those novel ideas. All humans are endowed with creativity, and although many of us have experiences early in our lives that cut us off from our creative sources, they never disappear. With guidance, students can not only recover access to their creativity but learn how to sustain it over a lifetime. With exposure to research about how creativity works, practice in creative-problem solving methodologies, and self-knowledge about their own creative processes, students are well positioned to approach any challenge with flexibility, openness and confidence.
Our four main areas of emphasis, Creativity, Design Thinking, Risk/Failure/Resilience, and Mindfulness, are all practices and tools that will lead students into the change making space where ideas become actionable. We use the term "changemaker" instead of “entrepreneur” to emphasize the reality that innovation occurs culturally, socially, and personally, rather than exclusively in the business and tech worlds. The term changemaker includes the same skills denoted by the term entrepreneur, but by changing the language, we broaden the scope and invite more students into the space. Diversity and inclusion are core values of CC as an institution, and we are committed to reflecting that value in the space of Innovation at CC.
Innovation at CC Learning Outcomes
- Creative Confidence
- Reflective self-awareness
- Comfort with navigating ambiguity
- Comfort with iterative risk-taking
- Comfort with creative problem solving methodologies (design thinking)
- Courageous doing (ability to bias towards action)
- Understanding of place in global community
Further, innovation at CC wants to encourage and create opportunities for:
- Earth centered/empathic problem solving
- Collaboration across diverse constituencies
- Self-directed learning
- Project based learning
- Defining of values and passions
- Community engagement and collaboration
- Experimentation without pre-defined goals or outcomes