Global outreach influences individual perspective.

Universities thrive when they partner with others to become constant sources of new innovation and creativity, and connect to the global world. Throughout this issue of the Clarkson magazine, we highlight examples of how our faculty, students and alumni leverage their Clarkson experience as citizens of the world to impact issues and make a difference in their chosen professions and areas of scholarly pursuit.

The Adirondack Initiative for Wired Work hosted by Clarkson University (p. 24) is an example of how we apply global learning and technologies to local challenges. By 2019 we want to help add 2,019 corporate telecommuters, mobile workers and working wired entrepreneurs in home-based offices in the Adirondack region to advance green tech commerce and new economic opportunities. Like other popular vacation destinations, the number of second and third family homes occupied only a few weeks per year is increasing in the Adirondack Park region thus affecting the vitality of basic services needed to sustain year-round residents as well as tourists. This Initiative seeks to preserve the unique character and natural environment of the Adirondack Park for residents, wildlife and recreation enthusiasts alike. We recognize that the Adirondacks are a gateway to Clarkson, and that our proximity to it - and all that it offers - both shapes and is shaped by our community.

On campus, we are also redesigning our residential-based education to meet the needs of the modern world. Through an expansion of our special interest campus housing for Greeks and theme groups (p. 22), we recognize the importance of creating opportunities for people with common interests as well as diverse backgrounds to live together as a "home" for ideas and shared values. Alumni articulate the benefit of this affinity experience time and again. These priorities in our campus master plan encourage leadership development, involvement in community service and outreach in global issues.  

Thinking globally and acting locally give our faculty, students and alumni an edge in the marketplace and accelerate our evolution to excellence. Clarkson's campus is a portal to the world.

Tony Collins


* While Think Global Act Local is frequently associated with environmental movements, its roots are in social activism and urban planning. 

Cities in Evolution by Patrick Geddes (1913) introduced thinking globally and acting locally for town and social planning as a way to enhance commerce and quality of life and to incorporate the best practices from cities around the world into town planning decisions.