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Pushing the Envelope: Education Innovation Soars to New Heights at D'Youville

The idiom ‘Pushing the Envelope’ comes from aviation. It is a reference to pilots testing the speed or elevation of new aircraft in order to extend the current limits of performance. Let’s think about how we can create a like environment that continually introduces new ideas and ways of thinking and then translate them into action to solve specific problems or seize new opportunities.

We’ll talk about designing the college from the goals back. What are the tools, technology, and resources we need to transform D'Youville into a culture of education innovation or an institution that pushes the envelope?

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Recommended Reading List

A collection of books has been created to accompany this salon. Participants are encouraged to use these sources to further their understanding of this topic and continue the conversation about D'Youville's mission and brand positioning.

Reading List

IGNITE: Setting your Organization's Culture on Fire with Innovation
by Randal C. Moss and David J. Neff

For the professional who has wished that there was a better way to turn a bright idea into a blazing innovation. Repeatable examples with results across every sector, from small nonprofits to Fortune 1000 companies. Regardless of your organization's size or the position you hold within it, IGNITE provides practical advice and concrete guidance on how to stop talking about an innovation strategy and make it a reality.

The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future
by Kevin Kelly

By understanding and embracing them, it will be easier for us to remain on top of the coming changes, arranging our day-to-day relationships with technology in ways that bring forth maximum benefits. This hopeful book will be indispensable to anyone who seeks guidance on where their business, industry, or life is heading—what to invent, where to work, in what to invest, how to better reach customers, and what to begin to put into place.

Lesson Plan: An Agenda for Change in American Higher Education
by William G. Bowen and Michael S. McPherson

American higher education faces some serious problems, but they are not the ones most people think. In this brief and accessible book, two leading experts show that many issues in higher ed may be exaggerated or simply false. A frank assessment of the biggest challenges confronting higher education with a bold agenda for reengineering essential elements of the system to meet them.

Breakpoint: The Changing Marketplace for Higher Education
by Jon McGee

The challenges facing colleges and universities today are profound and complex. An ideal guide through this dynamic marketplace in the midst of an extraordinary moment of demographic, economic, and cultural transition which has significant implications for how colleges understand their mission, market, and management. Avoids endorsing one-size-fits-all solutions instead offers concrete strategies for higher ed to come.

Ten Types of Innovation: The Discipline of Building Breakthroughs
by Larry Keeley, Helen Walters, Ryan Pikkel, and Brian Quinn

Innovation principles bring about meaningful and sustainable growth in your organization. Using a list of successful innovations, including Cirque du Soleil, early IBM mainframes, the Ford Model-T, the authors applied a proprietary algorithm and determined ten types of Innovation with insight into each. The framework as outlined has proven to be one of the most enduring and useful ways to start thinking about transformation.

Contagious Culture: Show Up, Set the Tone, and Intentionally Create an Organization that Thrives
by Anese Cavanaugh

The key to any organization’s success lies in its culture and people. This game-changing guide shows you how to shape and revitalize its culture by setting the tone, engaging the team, and creating a dynamic working environment that encourages growth, productivity, and innovation. It all starts with you whether you’re the leader or worker, getting on the same page and sharing equal ownership in the vision of the organization.

Transformative Conversations: A Guide to Mentoring Communities Among Colleagues in Higher Education
by Peter Felten

In what has become a superstorm of writings and books about the crisis in higher education, this gem of a book stands out like a mindfulness bell. It calls us back to the only thing that truly matters—the energy and wisdom buried in the minds and hearts of dedicated educators. With an intent, this book gets us to think in back to basics that education needs no walls or even curriculum, simply the student and the teacher, and build from there.

America Needs Talent: Attracting, Educating & Deploying the 21st-Century Workforce
by Jamie Merisotis

In America Needs Talent, Jamie Merisotis, a globally recognized leader in philanthropy, higher education, and public policy, explains why talent is needed to usher in a new era of innovation and success, and why deliberate choices must be made by government, the private sector, education, and individuals to grow talent in America.

The Innovator's Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity
by George Couros

The traditional system of education requires students to hold their questions and compliantly stick to the scheduled curriculum. But our job as educators is to provide new and better opportunities for our students. It's time to recognize that compliance doesn't foster innovation, encourage critical thinking, or inspire creativity--and those are the skills our students need to succeed.

The Invisible Advantage: How to Create a Culture of Innovation
by Soren Kaplan

The Invisible Advantage shows how any organization can create a culture of innovation that promotes freethinking, an entrepreneurial spirit, and sustainable value creation at all levels and across all functions. This book isn't just about the importance of an innovation culture, nor how to emulate organization like Google and Apple. It's a complete toolkit for anyone to tailor to their organization's specific environment.

The Innovative University: Changing the DNA of Higher Education from the Inside Out
by Clayton M. Christensen and Henry J. Eyring

Illustrates how higher education can respond to the forces of disruptive innovation offering nuanced hopeful analysis of where the traditional university has come from and how it needs to change for the future. Through an examination of Harvard and BYU, this book deciphers how universities can find innovative, less costly ways of performing their uniquely valuable functions.

Competing Against Luck: The Story of Innovation and Customer Choice
by Clayton M. Christensen, Karen Dillon, Taddy Hall, and David S. Duncan

How do companies know how to grow? How can they create products that they are sure customers want to buy? Can innovation be more than a game of hit and miss? By understanding what causes people to use a product or service, any business can improve its innovation track record, creating things that customers not only want but that they'll pay a premium to be part of.