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Skunkworks

skunkThe first time I ever heard the word “skunkworks” was when I was involved in our strategic planning process last year. A few people in the college submitted papers about how community colleges can innovate. One was about entrepreneurship and mentioned the idea of a skunkworks. Basically, a skunkworks is a project that operates outside the regular rules of an organization. Organizations incubate these kinds of projects in order to innovate since bureacracies aren’t the healthiest place for new ideas to grow. It’s like Euan Semple said a few weeks ago. Sometimes organizations just need to get out of the way. And Clarence Fisher used the idea of a skunkworks to describe what teachers sometimes do when working with new ideas in a classroom.

What do you think? Do teachers need a skunkworks to innovate?

(Photo, Skunk nose, by fieldsbh)

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