Virginia Tech’s Center for Innovation in Learning (CIL) seeks to stimulate, support, and assess innovative approaches to augmenting the human intellect by means of information and communication technologies. CIL programs focus on what John Seely Brown and others have called the “edge” of traditional practices and approaches. Such “edge” endeavors, and those who pursue them, share some important characteristics:
This third characteristic is the most important of all. Only this kind of intensity, born of a desire to lead within a “symbolic” frame (Bolman & Deal, 1997), can bring about cultural transformation and the “leapfrog” innovations that are truly breathtaking.