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Innovation @ Rio significantly impacts public higher education, business and governmental entities. Whether it is finding new student markets, forging community partnerships, or tapping into new technologies, the college accepts each challenge with remarkable enthusiasm and steadfastly pursues cutting-edge solutions. By fostering an entrepreneurial spirit, Rio Salado resounds within the community at large. The college promotes an atmosphere where out-of-the-box thinking can flourish and innovation can unfold by incorporating proven business strategies to benefit higher education and a legacy of building partnerships.

Spotlight on Innovation

Committed to innovation and relentless improvement, Rio Salado continually seeks to learn from the success of others. This month, Rio Salado takes a look at IDEO, Inc., the Palo Alto company US News and World Report called, "The Deans of Design."

IDEO helps organizations innovate through design. The sole design strategy firm on a 2008 list of the world's 50 most innovative companies, IDEO brings sustainable growth to the business, government, education, and social sectors with its human-centered approach. Included in IDEO's legacy are such standard-setting designs as the first notebook computer, Apple's first mouse, the Palm V, and the LifePort Kidney Transporter. More recently, IDEO's multidisciplinary teams have addressed in their work such themes as sustainability, the design of communities, health and wellness, and enterprise for people in developing nations and emerging economies.

Ideo Factsheet