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While UIX GR is only designed to cover one innovator and related project a week, we’re relying on every other resource we have at our disposal to facilitate more conversation.
Taking cues from our Fellow IMG friends at Urban Innovation Exchange Detroit, UIX Grand Rapids launched last October. We had the grandest of intentions, and they continue to be built upon today.

Apart from the obvious coverage of that which is truly innovative—socially, economically, philanthropically and otherwise—one of the aims of UIX GR is to provide a platform for which people can discuss this innovation. West Michigan, on and offline, has no shortage of examples, and while UIX GR is only designed to cover one innovator and related project a week, we’re relying on every other resource we have at our disposal to facilitate more conversation.

Naturally, you’ll find daily updates from UIX GR on FacebookTwitter, even Instagram. More recently, LinkedIn and Google+ accounts are now being updated. And with the hope of truly starting some buzz, we’ve began to post conversation topics on Civic Commons, also similar to our wildly popular friends and colleagues in Detroit.

That said, we hope you gain some insight to what UIX Grand Rapids holds newsworthy, amongst postings from our UIX Network, our Social Innovation News from around the internet, or our weekly coverage of innovators and their projects on various social media outlets. And as we continue to grow a base of supporters and readers, please take the time to interact with UIX GR, no matter the topic, no matter the method, communicating true innovation.

This month, our coverage focuses mainly on helping others through giving direction. That direction can come in the form of on-the-job training, literally pointing the way, or even sharing one’s own experience with what hasn’t worked. 

We begin today with Kelly LeCoy’s piece on Jenna Weiler and her work at Ambrose, helping students learn the basics of graphic design and screen printing. After a week off for spring break, we’ll come back with a piece by Katie Jones on the Grand Rapids Safety Ambassadors and their do-gooding on foot, bicycle, and Segway. LeCoy will follow that with a feature on Failure:Lab here in Michigan, where speakers share their stories of missing the mark, in hopes that others can succeed. And ending the month, writer Marla R. Miller will cover the results of this year’s Wege Prize, where teams of Kendall College of Art and Design students have come together to solve wicked problems.

We hope you enjoy our coverage this month, and we hope to speak with you soon!

Matthew Russell is the Project Editor for UIX Grand Rapids. Contact him at matthew@uixgrandrapids.com.
 
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