I tried speed dating once … and how it relates to Innovation Grants

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You’ve heard of speed dating, right?

Where you meet with a bunch of potential romantic interests in efficient, 10-minute increments?

Based on my own comic experience at Roanoke’s now-defunct Saltori’s in the early 2000s, I can’t wholeheartedly recommend this method for actual dating.

But I think the concept might help some of us out with grant ideas.

Hear me out.

Six of your colleagues attended the Innovation Grant Workshops last week (THANK YOU!), and one of them made a comment that sparked this idea.

The gentleman said it seemed the Educational Foundation was looking for broad ideas that impacted more of the college than just one class or department (correct), and he wondered how more folks across campus could share their ideas. He suspected that some of us are probably mulling similar ideas and just needed to be connected.

*Light bulb*

So this is a huge experiment, because I don’t know how many of you are willing to try “speed brainstorming.”

But I’m going to just try.

Anyone intrigued by sharing their innovative ideas (or kernels of an idea) should email me and let me know you’re game.

I will then take those names and check all of our Outlook calendars for a one-hour gap where most of us are available in the next two weeks.

We’ll meet in the grants office during that hour … and we’ll pair up for increments of 10 minutes or so, where you give the elevator pitch to your colleague. This is an excellent opportunity to talk through your ideas … ask some questions, give some feedback, etc.

And then, after those 10 minutes are up, we switch and repeat.

Who knows … maybe you’ll find someone with similar ideas, and you can collaborate for an even stronger proposal.

No matter the outcome, I’m betting this will be fun.

Also, we have candy.

And I’m hoping someone can come up with a better name than “speed brainstorming.”

If you want to give it a try, email sseagle@virginiawestern.edu by Friday, Feb. 16.

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About Stephanie

Stephanie SeagleStephanie Ogilvie Seagle has served as Grant Specialist at Virginia Western since 2016, but she prefers her honorary title: “Chief Joy Officer.” Stephanie spent most of her career at The Roanoke Times, a daily newspaper, where she served in various news and features roles including “Shoptimist” shopping columnist. She earned a bachelor’s degree in integrative studies at George Mason University and a master’s of arts in liberal studies at Hollins University. Stephanie is a mom to one human daughter and multiple chihuahuas … and is obsessed with reading nonfiction, Halloween, and crafting glow necklaces inspired by the Mill Mountain Star. Glow Roanoke!