“Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It's not about money. It's about the people you have, how you're led, and how much you get it.” - Steve Jobs

IDEA Faculty Cooperatives

I just had this idea. In education we have lots of opportunities for students to gain access to professional practice to prepare them for professional life: coops & internship abound.

What we don’t have are ways for faculty to stay engaged in practice that is sustainable, feasable & practical.

Sonny idea is to take advantage of the huge off time that many educators have & to pair them with industry opportunities during that time. Faculty cooperatives would be great, no?

Is anyone interested in beginning an experiment with this? I’m particularly interested in work being done in design for social change outside of sustainability efforts.


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  • http://bradjberkner.com Brad Berkner

    I’m the Coordinator of Interactive Media (a hybrid position between educator and project lead) at Elon University and what you have proposed sounds very interesting. Feel free to contact me. (also ignore my website it is really out of date)


  • Maggie Hendrie

    Teaching UX and Interaction Design to product designers at OTIS in LA, I’d like to collaboarte with other educators who also develop projects in industry


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