What is the story that you will convey through the project? How do you hope people will think or act differently as a result of your project?
The project will bring out unexpected stories of individuals across diverse fields and positions in the university engaged in social innovation. By designing a fashionable, high-quality and ethically sourced hat around the project, we hope to also encourage students to think of social innovation as mainstream and widespread, which will hopefully allow them to consider social enterprise as a direction for their future.
What expertise and experience equips you to lead this project?
I am uniquely equipped to head the project because of my diverse background across different fields and the enjoyment I experience in interacting with many parts of Cornell from students to senior faculty. My longstanding commitment to interdisciplinary thinking, allows me to tap into an array of resources that leads to successful projects. I was able to harness these resources when the social enterprise I co-founded, Ricefield Collective, did a highly successful Kickstarter project last spring, and I will bring the same passion and energy to the “Keep Your Hat On” campaign.
What are your ideas for keeping the dialogue and community going?
We plan to use Cornell as the launching pad for a widespread “Keep Your Hat On” movement that makes it visible, enjoyable, and stylish to engage in social innovation. We will continue to sell “Keep Your Hat On” hats on our web site, and apply for grants to provide the hats to worthwhile individuals who can propagate the project.