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Wicked Problem Discussion at The Edge of Chaos is Part of a Global Interaction on Technological Innovation

Monday, February 24, key UAB faculty members, Birmingham business leaders and innovators, and representatives from Hacettepe University and Hacettepe Technopolis in Ankara, Turkey, gathered at The Edge of Chaos to discuss a wicked problem: “Innovation Transformation: What does 2020 look like and how do we get there?” This ground-breaking collaboration was hosted by The Edge of Chaos and Innovation Depot with the intention of bringing together important voices in technology across international borders to both discuss and plan the future of technological innovation.

Alabama Leads the Nation in HIV and AIDS Telemedicine, says Rena Brewer

David Hooks, Director of Innovation at The Edge of Chaos, today was part of a Telehealth Workgroup Meeting between the Southeastern Telehealth Resource Center and the Alabama Office of Rural Development, sponsored by Ron Sparks, Director of Rural Development for the State of Alabama.

Alabama has historically been an easy target for those seeking examples of regressive policies and antiquated approaches. But speakers at the Telehealth meeting gave David Hooks reason to believe that at least in the case of HIV telemedicine, that is not true.

Celebrating Black History Month with a Forum on the Black Family

A discussion entitled, "Is the Black Family Good As Is?" is scheduled to take place tonight at The Edge of Chaos at 7 pm. Come to jointly explore the social and interpersonal dynamics at play in the Black family of the 21st century.

Edge of Chaos featured in Life Science Leader!

May 2013 issue of Life Science Leader magazine
Innovation in the life sciences is rapidly improving our daily lives. But the magnitude of each change along the way seems increasingly small as the time to explore an odd hunch or an ah-ha moment — often a vital criterion for innovation — lessens. Within companies of all types, the motivation for transformational ideas is often sacrificed in favor of profits and near-term thinking.

Edge of Chaos featured in NetworkWorld!

Network World - When I say “Alabama,” what comes to mind? Lynyrd Skynyrd’s famous song “Sweet Home Alabama”? Definitely. Big burly football players and four NCAA national championships in a row? For sure. Silicon Valley of the Southeast? Wait, what?

Edge of Chaos featured in TechRepublic!

"Today, I'd like to focus on a success story at the University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB). It begins with the Edge of Chaos. A concept championed by members of the UAB-staff who believe innovative solutions to difficult problems happen when people with dramatically different viewpoints work together, what UAB calls "Colliding Minds":

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