Prior to COVID-19, the most life-changing event I remember is September 11, 2001. Looking back over the past 19 years, it is interesting to realize all the things we take for granted today that we had no idea would become part of our lives on September 10 of that year.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of celebrating the creation of a new center co-led by the University’s Institute for Engineering in Medicine (IEM). The center is funded by a $26 million grant from the National Science Foundation
Last week on the news, one of the people protesting George Floyd’s death approached a reporter who was broadcasting live. The reporter asked what he would like to say. The protestor pointed out that the people marching behind him were doing so peacefully. They were not there to riot or loot or burn. What the group wanted, he said, was to be heard.
What an “agile” approach gives us is the assurance that we can start right away, start simple and know we plan to reassess, add to, and adapt our plans as we go forward. By launching small efforts, we are using mini-models of what we are working toward.