Description: The following passage is designed to concentrate on the present hot topic which has the key words msu student hub. The content below refers to designing MSU Hub which is philosophical in terms of how we understand innovation on campus and how we’re designing a centralized entity to facilitate innovation on campus.
Hub is certainly more than a name, it’s philosophical in terms of how we understand innovation happen on campus and how we’re designing a centralized entity to facilitate innovation on campus.
So our mission is to help MSU reinvent itself as a learning institution, but we don’t think that innovation and that reinvention is going to happen, centrally it’s going to happen, it’s going to be distributed across campus back in November of 2015.
We had an idea of the team members that were going to be working together collaboratively across campus in the hub and we put together a series of design challenges, I worked with the team to figure out what we would do for team building prior to coming together to think about the space which was a big project.
So we needed to get to know each other and be comfortable with each other and comfortable working together before you could start to tackle the bigger issue of what the hub looks like, how it functions, how we accomplish these goals that we’ve identified.
So for me, it was a lot about engaging the team to get to know one another and start exploring possible identities for the hub by contributing their own personal identities and perspectives.
All of these challenges led up to a day of design a design challenge that we had in December that delved deeper into those issues and allowed us to be in a physical location together to discuss design and our workflows in potential space where we would be working together.
So that day was exciting, we all met up at brody and it was an entire day event and I was running another event that had been previously scheduled across campus.
So I started the day there, saw all the excitement at the beginning, ran across campus, ran another event, came back and I saw everyone. I got to experience everybody’s reflection at the end.
So the energy in the room was hopeful that day, because there were two different groups who may be encountered each other once or twice hadn’t worked on anything together all maybe a little fearful about how things would go.
But getting into that room and having a series of exercises that we worked through helped us understand a little bit who we were as people individually and how we could work together better on projects, we got a better sense of strengths and we could talk to ask for help, we got into groups at the beginning and we worked mostly with the same groups throughout the day.
So you built that trust over the course of the day, so I think it was good that we didn’t know each other, because it gave us an opportunity to explore new ideas and get different perspectives, the space conversation was a bit fun, it was difficult, because we were imagining what our space shouldn’t look like.
What I loved about it was that we were evoking our individuality and it is important when you’re establishing culture, because it’s about the people, a lot of people didn’t know that I was a student, so that was an unique opportunity, a lot of times, students are accidentally looked down upon as not being trustworthy.
Everyone was treated equally and we’re all collaborating together, so there were students staff faculty and no real labels were exchanged, because that didn’t matter, we were creating this culture together, the space design mimicked the hub culture and that was very participatory.
As we watch the teams work together that spirit of collaboration and the way we valued each other’s input nobody was talked over or not heard everybody’s input was represented on the final product, the space of the hub.
I hope it will reflect our organizational structure which is very flat and very open, all team members are equal and all team members will be working collaboratively together in space.
So it’s not that we each have my desk here, we all work together, we come to the space to work together, I think that the space and wells will help us behave like the hub and that were all co-located.
So there are opportunities for ideas to collide with one another for conversations to happen that might not typically happen in other spaces and to learn and grow from one another.
I think that’s going to be powerful from us, what can we do collectively together? I see the potential here not from us as a hub, making a difference so much as creating space and helping people to connect brilliant people and teams.
Connect who have enormous potential to make an enormous difference when I hope it is like that every day we see a kind of energy and a kind of passion and a mix of people students staff faculty who are working together to reinvent the institution.