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Laura Mitchell Tully

Laura Mitchell Tully loves connecting people and ideas. Prior to joining Tsai CITY, she led communications and public programs as part of the founding team of the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, an interdisciplinary hub for design and emerging technology at UC Berkeley. Over the years, she’s been involved with organizations like SFMOMA and Harvard’s metaLAB and has worked on projects that range from exploring new ways of activating journalism archives to creating experimental publications about art and open data. Laura holds a B.A. in history from UCLA and an M.A. in public humanities from Brown.

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Early Lessons and Rapid Adaptation: Notes from Spring 2020 at Tsai CITY

Like organizations around the world, the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale (Tsai CITY) has found itself quickly shifting to remote work in response to the COVID-19 crisis. As our team adapts to rapid change and considers how we can most meaningfully serve our community, here’s a glimpse into what moving spring programs to online formats has looked like so far.

Meet Tsai CITY's Spring 2020 Accelerator Cohort

Meet Tsai CITY's Spring 2020 Accelerator Cohort

Tsai CITY’s spring 2020 Accelerator has kicked off — and as the cohort’s 15 teams continue to develop their ventures, nonprofits, and projects this spring, they’ll be working from a variety of locations. Following an initial set of in-person meetings and workshops earlier in the semester, the cohort has shifted to remote programming in response to COVID-19.

Preview Tsai CITY's New Home

Preview Tsai CITY's New Home

As Tsai CITY’s future home takes shape on Becton Plaza, the center’s team is looking forward to this next phase — and already imagining how students might fill the space with new ideas and innovations.

The 12,500-square-foot building will include a large, flexible workspace that can be configured for a variety of events, along with smaller meeting rooms and communal areas. “The new building will be a game-changer for Yale students,” says Tsai CITY executive director Clare Leinweber. “It will contribute to a new center of gravity on campus for students exploring, building, and launching new ideas for solving real-world problems.” The building’s central location, along Yale’s rapidly growing innovation corridor between Prospect Street and Hillhouse Avenue, will further boost its accessibility. In combination with other centers and programs around campus, it will further strengthen Yale’s innovation ecosystem — fostering connections between entrepreneurs, creators, and leaders from diverse backgrounds and disciplines.

Creating an Annual Report Ecosystem

Creating an Annual Report Ecosystem

As the 2018–2019 academic year — Tsai CITY’s second year —wrapped up in May, our team started working on a familiar project: creating our annual report. Annual reports serve many purposes, of course — they’re a key format for communicating an organization’s goals, work, and impact to a broad array of stakeholders.

Meet our Fall 2019 Accelerator Cohort

Meet our Fall 2019 Accelerator Cohort

Tsai CITY’s fall 2019 Accelerator is up and running, helping 14 student teams take their ideas to the next level. The cohort, selected from across Yale’s campus, includes teams working on a wide range of ventures, nonprofits, and other initiatives — students are hard at work prototyping products, launching social movements, finding paths to scale for existing platforms, and more. Over the course of the semester, each team will receive $1000 in grant funding, connections to mentors and expert advice, and insights from a series of workshops and learning modules.