Innovation clubs: Mobilizing local creativity for sustainable development and pedagogy

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dc.contributor.author Burlotos, Christianos A.G.
dc.contributor.author Kijewski-Corre, Tracy L.
dc.contributor.author Presuma, Lamarre
dc.contributor.author Taflanidis, Alexandros A.
dc.contributor.author Cunningham, William L.
dc.date.accessioned 2021-06-10T14:42:59Z
dc.date.available 2021-06-10T14:42:59Z
dc.date.issued 2021-06-14
dc.identifier.citation Burlotos, C. A. G., Kijewski-Correa, T. L., Presuma, L., Taflanidis, A. A. and Cunningham, W. L. (2021) ‘Innovation clubs: Mobilizing local creativity for sustainable development and pedagogy’, EESD2021: Proceedings of the 10th Engineering Education for Sustainable Development Conference, 'Building Flourishing Communities', University College Cork, Ireland, 14-16 June. en
dc.identifier.startpage 1 en
dc.identifier.endpage 8 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/11466
dc.description.abstract Two months after the 2010 Haiti earthquake devastated Port-au-Prince, a reconnaissance team of structural engineering researchers from the University of Notre Dame travelled to Léogâne to assess the damage. As their research revealed the underlying problems plaguing the residential construction industry in Léogâne, they realized that recommending externally-devised engineering solutions alone would not bring about significant change. In order to discover more holistic and implementable solutions, they turned to the affected community. By hosting open innovation challenges throughout Léogâne, the research team identified local innovators who demonstrated leadership, problem-solving skills, and creativity. These local innovators, forty-two men and women of various professions representing each of the six zones of Léogâne, were then trained and certified in the Pwosesis pou Innovasyon (Innovation Process) - a Creole-adapted form of Human-Centered Design. These individuals subsequently engaged their neighbors to form six Innovation Clubs. For seven years, undergraduate and graduate engineering students have worked with these Innovation Clubs to facilitate sustainable development research initiatives. This paper describes the framework used to establish these Innovation Clubs, case studies of cooperative projects, the observed benefits of this collaboration, and recommendations for future implementation. en
dc.description.sponsorship University of Notre Dame, Kellogg Institute for International Studies (Grand Challenges Scholars Program in the College of Engineering, and the Paula A. Connors fund in the College of Engineering) en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.relation.uri https://www.eesd2020.org/
dc.relation.uri https://cora.ucc.ie/handle/10468/11459
dc.rights © 2021, the Author(s). This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License en
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/ en
dc.subject Sustainable development en
dc.subject Engineering education en
dc.subject Haiti earthquake en
dc.subject Léogâne en
dc.subject Human-centred design en
dc.subject Innovation clubs en
dc.subject Pwosesis pou Innovasyon en
dc.title Innovation clubs: Mobilizing local creativity for sustainable development and pedagogy en
dc.type Conference item en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Edmond Byrne, Process & Chemical Engineering, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: e.byrne@ucc.ie en
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dc.contributor.funder University of Notre Dame en
dc.contributor.funder Kellogg Institute for International Studies, University of Notre Dame en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en


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