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Blue Sky Institute

Image of Blue Sky Institute logo depicted in blue and orange with an outline of the city of Boise

MISSION

The Blue Sky Institute (BSI or Blue Sky) harnesses the skills and resources of Boise State University to create cross-disciplinary and cross-sector partnerships to positively impact the community’s most entrenched social problems at a systems level.

AREAS OF IMPACT

  1. Diversity & Inclusion
  2. Homelessness
  3. Impact Measurement
  4. Mental Health
  5. Pay for Success

WHAT IS THE BLUE SKY INSTITUTE?

BSI serves as an honest broker for diverse, and often siloed, stakeholders and as an incubator of new ideas and solutions alongside partners in business, health care, government and non-profit organizations. BSI provides a nonpartisan space where stakeholders, who may have conflicting interests, can gather to discuss common problems and generate intentional solutions.

The Blue Sky Institute Executive Summary provides more information.

WHY IS THE BLUE SKY INSTITUTE IMPORTANT?

Boise State University’s Blue Sky Institute, much like the blue sky, represents a “clean slate” with an almost infinite potential for change. Importantly, BSI is role modeling higher education’s responsibility to create positive social and environmental impact in the community, and to ensure that the next generation of leaders across business, government and civil society have the skills, knowledge and commitment needed to tackle complex and wicked problems. By creating this institute, we now have the opportunity to unleash unlimited collaborative potential to improve the human condition. There are many challenges confronting our region, state, country and world that will require large-scale, collaborative efforts in order to be managed, if not solved. Given the talent pool that exists at Boise State University and in our wider campus and business communities, we believe this new institute will enable us to play a major role in tackling many of these challenges.

CONTACT

For more information about the Blue Sky Institute, please contact co-directors Dr. Ron Pfeiffer (rpfeiffer@boisestate.edu) and Dr. Angeli Weller (angeliweller@boistate.edu).