In 2015, we created a new initiative—i-Three, standing for “Issues, Innovation, Impact.” Our charge was to scale up our work with our Fellows and Innovation Project awardees to engage many more Extension professionals in new opportunities to explore innovative tools and methodologies for use in their daily work. In fall 2015, eXtension created the i-Three Issue Corps and recruited applicants wanting to pursue innovative projects focused on climate or food systems—the first two issues selected for the i-Three Issue Corps. From the applicants, 127 i-Three Issue Corps members representing 72 individual and team projects have been selected to go through an innovation “boot camp” process. This process kicked off in January 2016 with initial project planning, and the entire Corps will gather in San Antonio to go through a collaborative, high-intensity workshop track that will expose them to new skills and project management methods to heighten the probability of their innovation projects’ success.
- Corps members will work together, face to face, finalizing their project plans and developing their experimentation and implementation strategies
- Corps members will be coached on such topics as project design thinking, team building, creativity enhancement, and innovation scalability by national experts in these disciplines
- On hand will be a number of "key informants" from throughout the Cooperative Extension System who have volunteered their time and expertise to mentor Corps members and teams and help guide their planning and execution fromwithin the Extension context
- Corps members will have opportunities to meet with Extension colleagues and friends at several joint sessions and during social times
- Extension colleagues who are attending the Professional Development track will provide an audience for them to “pitch” their projects to in a lively, fast moving joint session
Plus there’s no better place to explore the past while envisioning future ventures than beautiful, entrepreneurial San Antonio—Deep in the Heart of Texas.