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i-Three Issue Corps Food & Climate 2016

In 2015, we created a new initiative—i-Three, standing for “Issues, Innovation, Impact.” Our charge was to scale up our work with our Fellows and Innovation Project awardees to engage many more Extension professionals in new opportunities to explore innovative tools and methodologies for use in their daily work. In fall 2015, eXtension created the i-Three Issue Corps and recruited applicants wanting to pursue innovative projects focused on climate or food systems—the first two issues selected for the i-Three Issue Corps. From the applicants, 127 i-Three Issue Corps members representing 68 individual and team projects have been selected to go through an innovation “boot camp” process. This process kicked off in January 2016 with initial project planning. The entire Corps gathered in San Antonio to go through a collaborative, high-intensity workshop track that exposed them to new skills and project management methods to heighten the probability of their innovation projects’ success.


Alphabetical Order (by last name), Gallery View, by Institution, by whether they identified as a Climate or a Food Systems project

Project Descriptions:

PDF format handout

Designathon & Key Informants:

  • NeXC – San Antonio, TX, March 2016 (in future cohorts, the activities done at this event became a stand-alone “Designathon”
  • List of key informants – 40+ key informants were recruited in the areas of Climate, Food Systems, Global Issues, Social Media, Communications & Storytelling, Instructional Design, eXtension Tools, Funding Opportunities, Evaluation, Working Out Loud, Community engagement strategies, Project design

Blog Posts:

Professional Development Webinars & Activities

  • Webinars on the nomination process were held October 26 and October 29, 2015
  • Weekly meetups prior to the NeXC event offered a chance for socialization but focused on specific tools/skill building (Luann Phillips and Terry Meisenbach)
  • Continuing meetings with Corps projects after NeXC (Luann and Terry)

Evaluation Reports

Photo AlbumDesignathon on Flickr

Related Links:

map showing project distribution by region