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Don’t you just love being part of a test market? This is the first of what I hope will be many discussions with a growing group of participants. Most of you are aware that I serve as Director of Innovation at The Edge of Chaos. The Edge of Chaos is a concept of the School of Public Health at The University of Alabama at Birmingham. The brain child of Dr. Max Michael the Dean of the school, The Edge of Chaos was designed to capture creativity, innovation and intellectual capital within the University and do good things within the community. We have now been opened for about 18 months in that time period we have hosted over 850 meetings with over 25,000 people through our 8,000 square feet of space. The concept is working and amazing work is coming out of these meetings. Yes we have hosted a retirement party or two and more than a few receptions. However, the majority of the meetings are extremely substantive and generating creative responses to some of the most challenging issues facing the world today. For every answer derived there are as many new questions posed. It is my goal to utilize this discussion group to expand the conversation from the walls of the physical space of The Edge of Chaos into an open forum that brings in additional creativity and innovation. I sincerely hope that I can portray a bit of the fabulous exchange of knowledge in a manner that will keep you interested and encourage you to participate in the dialogue.
David Hooks