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Design Thinking

UIX: GRPS Transformation Plan is using design thinking to incorporate stakeholder voices

GRPS stakeholders gathered at schools in the four different quadrants of the district to sound off on their concerns, talk about what they're proud of, and even what they're angry about. And the district is listening to every word with the help of design thinking.

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UIX: Groundbreaking healthcare is all about clear communication

The healthcare industry experiences innovation at an astounding rate, but not all innovation is defined by the latest technology or the smallest tools. Interpersonal communication, and interprofessional practice, is the new face of healthcare innovation, and care professionals in West Michigan are helping this trend grow.

Sound

UIX: Offstage engineering makes a big difference in local music

More than a dozen different audio recording studios in West Michigan help musicians, podcasters, broadcasters, show hosts, and others capture their sound on digital media, vinyl records, and sometimes even magnetic tape.

UIX materials

UIX: Turning trash into money is going to take a community effort

Millions of dollars are being thrown away every year, in the form of waste left at the local landfill. It's a revenue stream that some are managing to take advantage of, and Kent County is hoping others take notice.

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UIX: Preventative medicine begins with access to exercise in Grand Rapids

Access to adequate nutrition, shelter and education are basic rights of those living in West Michigan, and access to physical fitness is no different. More so now than ever before, individuals of differing ability and resources are able to access opportunities for physical fitness.
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