Office of the Chancellor

Innovation Forum 2012



The 2012 Innovation Forum

Innovation Forum Day 4

Day Four Highlights


Innovation Forum Day 3

Day Three Highlights


Innovation Forum Day 2

Day Two Highlights


Innovation Forum Day 1

Day One Highlights



Watch videos from the 2012 Innovation Forum:

Fostering Innovation in Organizations (Opening summit)
Innovative Approaches to Global Health Issues
Scientific Innovation in the Age of Globalization
Closing Summit: Reinventing the University



The UW Bothell has become an intellectual hub for the surrounding region and the Chancellor and Advisory Board would like to draw attention to that fact by hosting the Innovation Forum on creativity and innovation consisting of a series of activities, workshops, presentations, and performances.

Save the dates: February 13-16, 2012!

The choice of creativity and innovation as the first theme was made by the Chancellor and the Advisory Board (which is providing support for the first year) in order to explore what is emerging as one of the key attributes of our identity as a campus. The Forum will be widely publicized, with some activities taking place earlier in the year to build momentum toward the festivities in February.

The Forum will be an opportunity for community members, faculty, staff, and students to experience, and contribute to, the buzz of intellectual, artistic, and entrepreneurial projects outside the normal constraints of our institutional life.

What kinds of questions surrounding creativity and innovation have you pondered over the years that you would like to play with and that would also be of interest to a wider community? What do neuroscience, nanotechnology, gaming, the visual or performing arts, robotics, organizational theory, genomics, evolutionary biology, or cultural studies say about innovation? What is the relationship between the micro-innovations we all make each day and the institutionalization of innovation? How do universities both encourage and discourage innovation?

Innovation Forum Schedule


An interview with J. Rogers Hollingsworth

This is a “defining moment” for the University of Washington Bothell, says Dr. J. Rogers Hollingsworth, who is internationally acclaimed for his research on innovation in organizations. Hollingsworth was invited to present his research at the inaugural Innovation Forum, held at UW Bothell February 13-16.

Hollingsworth is no stranger to the University of Washington system.  In 1996 he wrote a paper for the University of Washington titled “Strategies for Excellence in American Universities: Implications for the University of Washington.”  The findings from that paper informed organizational changes that were implemented in the UW Health System.

During his first visit to the UW Bothell campus, Hollingsworth was impressed by the university’s size and structure.  “I see students speaking to faculty, and faculty speaking to each other” he said. “I’m sure people have time to think. This impresses me about a small institution.  “This campus has great potential,” he said. “If it gets too large, it’s going to lose that potential to provide a rich learning environment and enable faculty to learn from each other.”

Hollingsworth said larger universities risk compromising the quality of its instruction. “If you try to serve everyone you compromise quality.  When you review the recent literature, it shows the quality of learning is declining. Twenty-five to thirty percent of a student’s education should be from each other.  As places get larger, students are more alone and more lonely.”

Hollingsworth envisions a university of the future that is not merely a physical locale, but also virtual and global in nature. “We are living in an age of globalization,” he said.  "Fifty years from now, universities will be very different than they are today."  By 2050, Hollingsworth envisions a global university, in which faculty will be recruited from all over the globe and engaged in a narrow range of research.

"My fantasy university is relatively small and engaged in rich interaction," he said. "It has relatively few faculty, but they are teaching tens of thousands of students. In my model university, the faculty changes every five to 10 years. This ensures a constant change of ideas."  Hollingsworth noted that such models are already in place, citing the Howard Hughes Research Institute and the European University Institute.

Hollingsworth says UW Bothell is at a turning point.  "This is a wonderful environment in which to live.  I walked around the campus today and found some land … the global university could be located right here."