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C O R P O R AT E A N N U A L R E P O R T | 1 7 Beth Perdue Outland, Vice President, Community Engagement & Strategic Innovation, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Kathi Ridley-Merriweather, Founder and Educator, Indy Youthworks & Indiana Repertory Theater Teaching Artist Center Activities • IU Grand Challenge Proposal: The IU Grand Challenge initiative in which The Polis Center plays a significant role was awarded in early 2017. “Prepared for Environmental Change” will help Indiana prepare for the effects of climate change, improve forecasts, and refine methods that enable sustainable ecosystems, as well as understand how these changes will affect the citizens and culture o f the state. Polis will develop the data and analysis infrastructure, including deep mapping. • Special Guests: >We hosted senior staff from the Center for Religion and Civic Culture (CRCC) at the University of Southern California in October 2016. Their research, training, assessment, and strategic consulting efforts focus on bringing various constituents together to address the changing nature of religion and its impact in the secular world. We are exploring potential collaborations and the visit allowed them to learn more about how we operate and what we do and vice versa. >Several delegates from the World Bank’s Global Facility for Disaster Risk Reduction visited in December 2016 to learn more about Polis’ risk analysis and disaster mitigation planning as related to innovative use of technologies, examples of mitigation projects, how we engage communities in mitigation planning, the use of Hazus-MH software, our health initiatives and partnerships, and possible collaborations in technology and knowledge transfer. • SmartEdge Presentations: Polis offered a series of free public presentations between May and August 2016. Entitled SmartEdge, the program focused on the positive role of science and technology in support of sustainability and quality of life. The events were designed to share and discuss ideas and issues and/ or expose the audience to solutions and technologies pertaining to smart cities and their linkage to sustainability and resilience, policy and governance, and the overall well-being of communities. We taped the three presentations, which are available on the Polis website. (http://polis.iupui.edu/index.php/resources/ smartedge-5/smartedge-presenters/). The series is currently on hiatus and we hope at some point to be able to offer the programs again, time withstanding. • Polis Center Strategic Plan & Restructuring: We spent a good portion of FY2017 thinking through and strategizing ways to allow us to work more effectively across our various areas. This process includes developing a strategic plan that will build off several large project initiatives underway. • Polis Website: We work with diverse constituencies on varied projects. We are redeveloping our website to better explain who we are, how we work, what we do, who we serve, and show examples of significant projects that meaningfully improve communities. 17