Spaces of Invention Workshop at NCIIA Open 2014 Conference

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sunday, March 23, 2014
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Paolo Alto, CA


  • Leticia Britos Cavagnaro, Deputy Director of the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter) and Lecturer at Hasso Plattner Institute of Design - Stanford University
  • Jeanne L. Narum, Principal - Learning Spaces Collaboratory
Spaces of Invention, a workshop dedicated to innovative environments, was held at Stanford’s on Sunday, one day after the NCIIA Open 2014 conference.
The d.School at Stanford was an ideal setting for a Spaces of Invention workshop following the annual meeting in San Jose in March. Over fifty participants—representing the NCIIA community of inventors and innovators—spent the day articulating the nature of a 21st century space for nurturing creativity and translating their language into a visual metaphor of such a space. Comments on the most valuable aspects of the workshop included:
  • The emphasis on low-tech solutions to brainstorming learning spaces
  • The replicable ideas that I could execute in my campus
  • Seeing the important role an innovation spaces plays in creating a culture of creativity and entrepreneurial thinking
  • Great to see an actual example of how a space (for invention) could look like, how it can be used….in a setting to be able to ask lots of questions.
  • Lots of structure, but also plenty of time to think and noodle about my own “issues.” 
Workshop handouts can be adapted for use in other settings.
This workshop will be featured in the September 16, 2014 LSC Webinar.

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