Last chance to enter your innovative idea

There are 2,285 student parking spots on our downtown campus and another 769 for staff. Think what else we could do with all that space! This year’s Innovation Challenge is: How might GRCC reduce the need for and use of on-campus parking by 50% by 2015? GRCC employees and students have until October 15 to enter their ideas for the Armen Awards of $3000, $1500, and $500 for the winners. Think what you could do with all that money!

Professional assistance available for Innovation Challenge student entrants

The October 15 deadline for Round 1 entries into the Innovation Challenge competition is fast approaching. Many of our students are innovative and have fresh viewpoints that are very valuable. They just need a little help communicating their ideas.

The Innovation Challenge Team has scheduled a special Innovation Challenge session Tuesday – especially for students – where they can get personal advice from Bill Fluharty, Design and Innovation Consultant from the Keller Future Center,  on their idea, the development of their idea or  the presentation of their idea.

The session is open from 3 – 4 PM on Tuesday, Oct. 11 in room 316 Main.

This year’s challenge is: How might GRCC reduce the need for and use of on-campus parking by 50% by 2015?

Please encourage students to give their ideas a chance. Remind them of this special opportunity – and remind them that they could win up to $3,000 for their idea!

GRCC In The News – 7/1/11

Design-informed Innovation: Human-centered Design the Basis for Innovation at Amway

Monday, June 27, 2011
By Joe Boomgaard | MiBiz

(Editor’s note: The Amway Business Innovations Team, along with the Keller Futures Center of Grand Rapids Community College, sponsored a no-cost, three-day educational session on human-centered design at GRid70 in early June. MiBiz Managing Editor Joe Boomgaard was invited to participate in the event. The interviews with Amway’s Seth Starner for this story took place before the session. )

GRAND RAPIDS — Innovation can be a tough nut to crack. It can be even tougher when you have the title of Manager of Business Innovations at a $9.2 billion private company and your job is to learn new methods of innovating and then spread them throughout the corporate culture

How to Get Help for Those Caring for Aging Parents

Published: Monday, June 27, 2011, 6:29 AM     Updated: Monday, June 27, 2011, 4:53 PM

By Matt Vande Bunde   Grand Rapids Press

After their mother rehabilitated in a nursing home following a stroke in 2004, Linda Engelking and Judy Meulenberg knew they wanted to care for her at home. At the time, that’s about all they knew…

“It’s a very significant trend and, with our aging population, it’s only increasing,” said Mike Faber, director of the Older Learner Center at Grand Rapids Community College. “Adult children aren’t talking to their parents about these issues often enough. We’re kind of an avoidance culture. We stick our head in the sand, and we wait until something so bad happens that we can’t wait anymore.

Future Transportation of West Michigan Project Update

The Keller Futures Center, in partnership with Amway Business Innovations and the Luma Institute, have embarked on a 3 day workshop on the Future of Transportation in West Michigan. In these videos, the project facilitators explain the exercises and research that the team has completed to begin formulating innovative solutions for alternate transportation. The team has already come up with hundreds of ideas and will present their final ideas today (Friday).

Joe Boomgaard from MiBiz is doing regular updates on the latest Keller Futures Center project.

Video of the first two days are available here:

Day 1

Day 2

Tinas Two Minutes – Week 5

Tina’s Two Minutes video, Week 5.

In this video, Tina explains the final steps of the design process for the Keller Futures Center’s current project, The Future of Career Services at GRCC. This week, project participants used their research-based opportunity paths to come up with innovative ideas and solutions for Career Services. The team will present their final ideas this week.

This will be the last of Tina’s videos for this project; but don’t worry – a recap of the full report-out will be available soon.

Tinas Two Minutes – Week 4

It’s time for Week 4 of the Career Services project; join Tina Hoxie, Dean of Students, at the Grand Rapids Public Museum as she gives a progress update on the Keller Futures Center’s current project, the Future of Career Services at GRCC. This week, project participants created opportunity statements from their research that will begin to fuel innovative solutions for career services.

Tina’s Talking — Week 4

Video – Tina’s Two Minutes Week Two

Tina Hoxie, Dean of Student Affairs explains more about the Keller Future Center’s current project in Tina’s Two Minutes — Week 2

In this video, Tina discusses the progress of the new project that GRCC’s Career Services is working on in partnership with the Keller Futures Center. In Week 2, the design team used future trends and insights to prepare for field interviews with the end users. You can follow the progress on the project’s website here.

GRCC’s Keller Future Center Featured on “LjjSpeaks: Less Stress More Success” Podcast

GRCC’s Interim Communication Director Lynne Jarman-Johnson is featured Mondays from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. on “LjjSpeaks: Less Stress More Success” on WJRW AM1340.

Click here to listen to this week’s episode, which features interviews with the people involved in the Keller Future Center Urban Farming Project.