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Celebrating Innovation at Colorado College

Celebrating Innovation at Colorado College

Colorado College is hosting a three-day Innovation Showcase for the campus community which will feature guest speakers, highlight CC's legacy of innovation, and recognize the people, programs, and projects that foster innovation at the college.

The showcase, running April 7-9, is the next step toward the college's goal of creating structures that better support innovation, an element of the college’s Building on the Block plan. The goal is to empower students to combine their passions with what they learn in the classroom and the activities they pursue outside of it, creating a more dynamic liberal arts experience that is authentically Colorado College.

Colorado College has a long tradition of innovation – in fact, one faculty member claims the entire Colorado College campus can be considered an innovation incubator!

Many of CC’s innovative programs will be featured during the showcase, including I.D.E.A., the Public Interest Fellowship Program, The Big Idea, Venture Grants, State of the Rockies, and Global Social Innovation. Additionally, two keynote speakers, Dan Pallotta and Michael Soulé, will give presentations. Pallotta, creator of the multi-day charitable event industry, which allows ordinary individuals to make a difference, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 7. Pallotta is the author of “Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential.” Soulé, founder and former president of the Society for Conservation Biology and The Wildlands Network, will discuss the development of conservation biology and the rise of large landscape conservation at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 8. A complete schedule is available here.

By expanding support for and championing innovative programs, the college can achieve even more.  "Currently, we have many innovative programs that help students take critical steps in the innovation process, but they are disconnected,” says CC President Jill Tiefenthaler. By its very nature, the liberal arts require navigating uncharted territory and taking risks. “An Innovation Institute will provide resources, structure, and encouragement to students and faculty as they investigate social and environmental challenges, understand the context in which they exist, and identify sustainable solutions, and put them into action,” she says.

The idea for an Innovation Showcase came about last October, when a group of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members spent an entire Saturday brainstorming what innovation should look like at Colorado College. Attend the showcase and see for yourself!