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HERE NOW; Look within for Challenges, Opportunities, Talent and Creative Collaborations

Institutions embrace a Service, Practice, Teaching and Education Model capitalizing on internal assets and interdisciplinary collaboration.

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Institutions of Higher Education and particularly University Campuses should embrace a teaching/learning/service model that engages the whole community (admin, board, faculty, students, staff and alumni) in identifying, addressing and creatively collaborating on opportunities and challenges on campus and within thier institutions. Justifiably, Universities look to Alumni, businesses and corporations to provide internship opportunities  and funding for research. How often and within what Framework do universities provide REAL collaborative learning opportunities on their campus or within their institutions?

HERE & NOW Proposes

Using The Open Challenge Methdology  to facilitate interdisciplinary, interdepartmental contributions to address challenges and opportunities within the Institution or on the Campus.

Carefully designed challenges would have a Community Manager on Campus who would work with Baord, Admin, Staff, Alumni,  Faculty and Students to identify a range of opportunties for contributions and a variety of levels of engagement.

Many of the obstacles identified (see idea submitted by  ) could be addressed by an on site community manager and a working group with diverse stakeholders represented.

  • Identified obstacles include:
  • Trust
  • Capacity
  • Fear
  • Funding
  • Resources
  • Recognition
  • Barriers between Academic Departments and Programs
  • Lack of collaboration between academic, operations and administration 


Ideally a challenge would yield tangible and visable results. We are interested in prototyping a challenge that will deliver visible improvements on Campus. A design solution informed by research and interdisciplinary collaborations.  Challenges are more rewarding and inclusive than Design Competitions and they present an opportunity to all users to provide input, personal preferences and contribute technical knowlege and skills.

Each University has  an established community, diverse stakeholders, expertise in many areas.The Challenge could include a series of smaller disciplline specific challenges designed to allow many to contribute and varying levels of engagement....technical research, surveys, policy development, programming, physical design solutions, implementation, promotion, evaluation etc.

Workshops and Teams could be on Campus and Remote.
Workshops could even be recruitment and public relations tools


Who is your idea designed for and how does it reimagine higher education to support the needs of tomorrow?

The Full Community Students crave real life experience where they can learn and contribute. Alumni have experience & a desire to give back. Administrators have multitude of issues & opportunities that need attention, Faculty teach, create assignments & seek resources for personal passions. Institutions should embrace the Creativity, Talent and Skills within thier organization and facilitate creative collaborations to address real challenges & opportunities on thier Campus and within thier org.

This idea emerged from:

  • A group brainstorm
  • An individual

What skills, input or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

Tecnology and coaching support of a team that want to prototype this idea. Consider assisting with the facilitation of an Open Challenge that uses a specific challenge to explore a new learning/service/teaching/practice/outreach model. The Challenge involves interdisciplinary exploration; engagement of students, staff, faculty, and alumni in envisioning the river as a significant Campus resource? Placemaking, engineering and policy solutions wall consider art, ecology, history and culture.

What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

We are begining by working as a team (staff, alumni, faculty and admin) to create a series of questions exploring "How might we ???? The idea has also been outlined further in a Fellowship Application that may fund 3 months of work.

Tell us about your work experience:

Degrees in Art, Landscape Architecture. Courework toward MBA in Sustainable Business Experienced leader and manager. 40 years of experience in community/ neighborhood/campus design and planning. Many consultiing contracts have involved facilitation of multiple stakeholders and interdisciplinary teams Interested in application of technology to support stakeholder engagement process Interested in application of Open Challenge to spatial design project (versue products or policy)

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Thanks to both of you. I will review both and be back in touch. Have a deadline this week.
I looked a that IDEO Campus link but I can't seem to find information on how a campus woudl access the technology platform, I do a lot of work in physically present group and charettes but i would like to add the technology platform to the MSU Challenges. Also need assistance with budgeting for the use.

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