Waves of Innovation: Creativity and Community at Pepperdine University
Could an institution with a long history of risk taking and entrepreneurial decision making regain its creative momentum after being slowed by a stagnant economy and a need to conserve resources? Pepperdine University sought to find out.
Pepperdine University’s Waves of Innovation program is celebrated for its unique approach to stimulating collaboration and creativity across the university. Designed to unleash the minds of students, faculty and staff toward solving problems and addressing inefficiencies, the program has reinvigorated the school’s entrepreneurial spirit while inspiring higher levels of learning and new revenue opportunities. In this paper, the program’s principal creators describe what made it so successful and how it can be adapted at other institutions.
Working with an interdisciplinary committee of faculty, staff, students and alumni, the authors issued a call for innovative ideas that could potentially change Pepperdine. The call was open to all members of the university community. They asked that proposals address at least one of five criteria, all tightly linked to the school’s strategic plan.