Online workshop: Generating ideas for long and short term strategies

June 10, 2020

The Art and Science of Innovation

Setting Your Course for the Future: Generating ideas for long and short term strategies

Presented by:

The Maine Center and the University of Maine Foster Center for Student Innovation


Wednesday June 10, 2020

12:00pm – 2:00pm

FREE Online workshop


Workshop overview:

Good ideas come from identifying problems worth solving and having a clear mission and purpose. 


Henry Ford has been quoted as saying, “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.”  Whether this quote is real or not, the idea behind it is.  People often can’t imagine what might be possible to solve their problems.  We will cover strategies that go beyond asking your customers/stakeholders what they want so that you can uncover their real needs.  We will also cover how to identify major trends that present opportunities in your field.  Finally, this workshop will cover how to define your mission and strategy in a way that motivates you and your team to generate meaningfully unique innovations to solve the problems you have identified.


About the workshop series:

This workshop is the second in a series that will share insights from the innovation engineering program developed by the University of Maine and Eureka! Ranch, which uses a systems approach to the innovation process and has provided training to more than 35,000 people around the world. (Not sure what “innovation engineering” is? Check out this article in The Economist.)

This series features three 2-hour sessions; you can sign up for one, two or all three sessions. While the first workshop will provide a good overview of the topic, you do not need to have taken it to participate in workshops 2 and 3. Participation in each session is limited to 35 people – we ask that you sign up only if you are committed to participating. If tickets are sold out, please email us at and we will put you on the waiting list. If there is enough demand, we may offer this series again.