Institutional Design Frontiers Summit

What is IDF?

Higher education is a critical social enterprise facing crisis and opportunity. The roots of both seemingly stem from complex interactions between elements of policies, organizations and individuals. Institutional design thinking in higher education accommodates perspectives that account for all these elements. In examining the frontiers of institutional design in higher education, this summit brings together thought leaders from government, business, industry, higher education and academia.

The IDF Summit was produced by Laboratory 5 Inc. and took place April 8th-April 10th 2015 at the Scottsdale Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona.


President of Arizona State University, Michael Crow, Kaplan University President, Wade Dyke and Scholar Barry Bozeman discuss issues in higher education.



At the entrance of the summit, a colorful show using video projection mapping by Fransisco Flores lit up one of the resorts indoor waterfalls.

The event featured a presentation by Lee Gutkind, who is considered “the Godfather creative nonfiction” according to Vanity Fair Magazine.


Attendees participated in an infographic workshop with designer Sarah Spencer and  where they learned how to transition their scholarly information into in a visual graphics.


Tamara Christensen guides participants to think creatively.







Steven Yazzie and his crew conducting interviews.

The participants had an opportunity to discuss their academic works in an interview which was then recorded and made available for publication.  The summit directors were featured in the Boston Globe.

Written by Amy DeCaussin – Director of Projects & Social Media

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