Yes, we have broad engagement across the campus. We're hosting featured speaker events (most recent was Dr. Michael Crow, President of ASU, who was phenomenal), workshops, roundtable discussions, town halls, and of course Georgia Tech is one of the sponsors of this design challenge. We're looking for lots of GT stakeholders to get involved and stay involved as we continue to advertise what we're doing.
Hi, Bettina! Good questions. The Commission was formed early in 2016 by the Provost at his invitation. Faculty, staff and students make up the majority of the group. There are some alumni involved as well. We also have representation from employers and industry in the form of an external advisory board.
I love these ideas, Kate! I do have to wonder, though, if there are cultural (and business) differences that might prevent some of these from taking off in the U.S. For example, there are relatively few independent coffee shops left in the States, most having been taken over by Starbucks and the like. The mom-and-pop coffee shop that, as I see it, would be most open to hosting a lecture series is, sadly, going the way of the dodo. Many bars/pubs in America are the same. The concept of the "public house" in Britain is really a foreign concept to most Americans -- e.g., children, animals, and learning are not welcome. Heh. (Okay, that's a bit of an oversimplification, but I believe it's still largely true.) How, then, can we encourage this type of anytime, anywhere learning in the U.S.? Perhaps instead of fighting the Starbuckses and so forth, we try to work with them? Starbucks has actually been a national leader in helping their employees achieve an education, so maybe they would be willing to support lecture series in their establishments?