Welcome to the “Think Differently” blog! It is exciting to be inaugurating this and connecting with you! My name is Marina Theodotou and am part of the amazing DAU User Experience (UX) team. Our focus is to optimize the learner experience that DAU offers. My responsibilities include communications and outreach and my research interests focus on organizational and culture change.
How can you ‘think differently’ with DAU? DAU is transforming the way we design and deliver learning with numerous initiatives in the works. One such initiative is the “Think Differently” webcast series held on Wednesdays at 12:30 pm ET. The intent of the series is twofold. First, to provide a platform for curated conversations that brings together "thinkers and doers", thought leaders from the DoD workforce, industry, academia, and DAU, to explore topics underscored in the National Defense Strategy, and highlighted by Secretary Esper and Ms. Lord, USD (A&S). The second goal is to underscore DAU’s commitment to the workforce learning journey. In this series, we discuss topics including innovation, disruption, culture change, AI, agile, leading during covid19 and more.
Why “think differently”? The National Defense Strategy mentions the word “change” 16x and the word “innovation” 7x and prompts us to out-think, out-maneuver and out-innovate our adversaries. We can only do this if we think differently and together, ask new questions and connect new dots to solve problems on the job and deliver mission outcomes.
When can you join the conversation? Right away! Consider this week’s “Think Differently” webcast! This week, we have invited three disruptors to discuss innovation. Innovation is a long, treacherous, and sometimes, lonely journey. Join us in this session to hear from national security innovators and disruptors Bryon Kroger, Molly Cain, and Jonathan Springer as they discuss their "why" and how they plough ahead, engage others, and drive the innovation mission against all odds.
Want to learn more? To stay current with all DAU Webcasts scheduled in the coming weeks check out DAU.edu/events by date. For any events you are unable to attend, or would like to view again, you can find recorded videos and related briefs at: https://www.dau.edu/p/webcasts.
For questions and suggestions on DAU Webcast series, you can always reach us at DAUWebcasts@dau.edu
P.S. The “Think Differently” theme was inspired by the iconic Apple ad narrated by none other than Steve Jobs.
However, this name does not constitute an endorsement of any product or company by DAU or the DoD.
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