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Dickinson Showcases Bold New Ideas During Revolutionary Challenge Finals

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Livestream Highlights ‘What’s Next’ for Dickinson

Hundreds of Dickinsonians came together last night to get a sneak peek at the future during the Revolutionary Challenge Finals live broadcast. The livestream event featured full presentations from each of the four Revolutionary Challenge finalists:

  • Developing Leaders for 21st-century Revolutionary Challenges
  • The Dickinson College Data Science Initiative
  • The Food, Agriculture & Resource Management (FARM) Lab
  • and FutureLab: Collaborative Innovation for the Greater Good.

“Who would have thought one year ago when we launched the Revolutionary Challenge that we would be in this revolutionary moment,” said President Margee Ensign during the opening moments of the event, which was held virtually due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. “These proposals and our ability to innovate are more important than ever.”

The Revolutionary Challenge Finals represent the last stage in a yearlong high-level idea competition seeking initiatives to harness Dickinson’s useful liberal-arts education for the greater good. In the coming days, every Dickinsonian will have the chance to weigh in on which ideas should move forward. Surveys seeking input on the proposals will be emailed starting today, and the surveys will close Nov. 9 at 5 p.m. (EST).

The President’s Panel on Innovation (PPI)  and the Board of Trustees will meet in November to discuss the final proposals, consider the community feedback and then recommend which of these initiatives should move forward. The college expects to announce their decision shortly thereafter.

“Dickinson has long been widely recognized as a leader in global education and sustainability studies, but it is time to explore what’s next,” said PPI Chair Jennifer Ward Reynolds ’77. “Dickinson must remain a leader in higher education, taking bold and revolutionary steps to do so.”

Anyone who was unable to watch the livestream or experienced technical difficulties during the livestream can watch the full video of the broadcast or any of the individual finalist presentations online.


Published October 29, 2020