Wednesday November 1, 2017

Experience Accelerated Collaboration Nov. 8: Spotlight on Concourse D

By Katy Kelly

On Wednesday, November 8, the campus and wider Dayton community are invited to Roesch Library to experience a prototype of an innovative collaboration space known as Concourse D.

In the summer of 2017, as part of the third annual Institute of Applied Creativity for Transformation (IACT) Collaboration Accelerator, a team of 12 UD students were asked a somewhat outlandish question: “What is a library without books?” Their answer, after several weeks of research and creative development: Concourse D — a project development studio for students, faculty and university affiliates to connect, collaborate and create.

Now installed on the second floor of Roesch Library, the Concourse D prototype has work tables, crafting materials, whiteboards, storage space and more, all openly available for use in the innovation process. Concourse D is intended to help people build relationships with others who share the same passions yet have different skill sets. It creates an equal playing field for people at all life stages, disciplines and experiences.

From 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, a special event called Spotlight on Concourse D will give people from UD and the greater Dayton community the opportunity to explore and experience this project studio. There, students will describe Concourse D and the Collaboration Accelerator process, which is designed to bring about creative solutions to real-world challenges posed by community partners.

Attendees will see real projects come to life in the space; provide feedback on the setup; share ideas; and learn more about the library’s renovation plans to make the prototype permanent.

Side note: Spotlight on Concourse D doesn’t end on Nov. 8. Open hours and drop-in working sessions will begin soon.

Learn more about IACT and the Collaboration Accelerator program by visiting and watching this video.

The transdisciplinary team of 12 students in the 2017 Accelerator were:

Darius Beckham, Political Science
Andrew Caldwell, Political Science
Brooke Diviak, English, Psychology
Lewis Forman, Mechanical Engineering
Theresa Isemann, Mechanical Engineering
Colin Joern, Mechanical Engineering
Ashton Najarian, Art Education
Amelia Pompilio, Math
Elijah Redman, Philosophy
Kaitlyn Roberts, Economics and Finance
Luis Saafir, Entrepreneurship
Ryan Wray, International Business Management and Marketing

How to Go

Spotlight on Concourse D

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 5 - 6:30 p.m.

Roesch Library second floor

Free and open to all

Hosted by IACT and University Libraries.

Parking is available in P lot; please stop at the main visitor center for a guest permit.

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