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UIX: Local champions are leaning into city building

Lean Thinking initiatives promote designs that foster process improvement through feedback and empowering those working on a project with its reformation. Led by "Lean Champions," like those certified in GRCC’s Lean Champion Certification program, these initiatives often approach problems through consolidation and elimination of wasted time and effort.

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UIX: Local creative professionals can build a business at Little Space Studio

For creative professionals, and freelancers in general, the workspace is closely tied to the design process. Form follows function, and a workspace that inhibits those functions can pose a serious obstacle to getting things done. Rarely tied to a single screen or sheet of paper, creative work can expand into other media and methods just as often as it relies on other individuals for support.

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Community and Collaboration Still Prove Essential in IoT Problem Solving

In designing products for the Internet of Things (IoT), engineers at DornerWorks often rely on lateral thinking, as well as a wealth of open source tools and resources. Exploration into previous logs of successful products undoubtedly exposes a kernel of innovation that can be carried into the next, and with each iteration comes the opportunity to improve on past designs.

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Wizards of the digital age: West Michigan tech leaders change the world with the Internet of Things

In the last few decades we've essentially brought an entire planet within reach of a handheld device, we've taught machines to learn from each other, and we've given ourselves access to more information than our ancestors could ever dream of. From an outside perspective, technological advances like the internet may seem like magic. To those who study its potential, designing new ways for humanity to experience the world around us, it may as well be.

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UIX: Essential Needs Task Force is rethinking the way Kent County addresses poverty

The unemployed, homeless, and hungry have much more to worry about than the monotony of a 9 to 5. An eviction notice or power shut-off can severely disrupt stability at home, and when families have to choose between paying utility bills and affording food, it's hard to find hope.For the many faced with that decision, the Essential Needs Task Force is a crucially supportive resource.

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UIX: With donated wheelchairs, Alternatives in Motion brings mobility to Grand Rapids

For those fortunate enough to live in West Michigan, Alternatives in Motion can restore freedom where it's been restricted. Led by executive director Coleen Davis, AIM provides wheelchairs, mobility equipment, and repair services to those in the community who couldn't otherwise afford it. The equipment and services are provided at no cost to the individual in need.

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