"The last few decades have belonged to a certain kind of person with a certain kind of mind--computer programmers who could crank code, lawyers who could craft contracts, MBAs who could crunch numbers. But the keys to the kingdom are changing hands. The future belongs to a very different kind of person with a very different kind of mind--creators and empathizers, pattern recognizers, and meaning makers. These people--artists, inventors, designers, storytellers, caregivers, consolers, big picture thinkers--will now reap society's richest rewards and share in its greatest joys.''
Daniel H. Pink
from A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future
(New York Times & BusinessWeek bestseller)
In its inaugural year the Great Green Ideas That Can Change the World: Student Innovation Exposition showcased 19 green and innovative ideas from high school students in Central New York. The Exposition was part of the Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce Business Showcase held at the NYS Fair Grounds on March 25. Most of the students spent the day at the Chamber Show speaking with business vendors and visitors about their Great Green Idea.
This year three prizes of $200 each were presented to participants. The Peer Investment Award was sponsored by SUNY-ESF. Student participants in the Expo used play money to vote or invest in the entry they felt had the best business potential. The Audience Choice Award was sponsored by the Tech Center. Attendees of the Chamber Showcase were invited to vote on the idea they thought was the best. The final award, Best of Show, was sponsored by Clean Tech. This award was expert judged by partner representatives using a predetermined rubric. Students could win any or all of the awards.
Our goal is to create a “green entrepreneurial culture” of informed and prepared young people in our region.
This project is a collaboration between the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) and a Kauffman Foundation Partnership Grantwith support, in part, from a NYS Department of Labor grant led by CNY Works.