By: LT Dave Nobles
This is a call to action for anyone who’s ever wanted to make some positive change in the Navy.
If that sounds like you, we want you to join us.
The Athena Project plays an important role in shaping the future of our fleet. And, after last month’s successful Waterfront Athena Five, and the awesome support that we’ve gotten from our innovative friends in both the Navy and the private sector, the time has come to expand The Athena Project beyond just a quarterly pitch event.
But we need your help: If you have a passion for creativity and innovation, we’re looking to add to our planning body, The Athenian Council, here in San Diego.
The Athena Project is growing by way of geography, with Athena East coming to the Hampton Roads area in September and Athena PacNW coming soon as well. It’s incredibly inspiring to see the passion for creativity across the fleet, and that’s why we want to build the scope of the Project out here in San Diego, where it all began.
The vision for The Athena Project has always been to unlock the creativity within us all. To prove that innovation is not a time sump. To create a new wave of Sailors who think different, have confidence in their own creative abilities, and to give them a loud megaphone to voice their ideas, and to remove the fear of using it.
We believe that The Athena Project is incredibly important to build the Navy of tomorrow by inspiring its most important resource to be better. To not settle for “that’s the way it’s always been” or “because I said so.” To always be thinking and to always be improving.
Aligned with that vision, here are some of the things that we’re planning for the future. And we want you to be a part of it:
1) athenaTHINK: We often talk about great ideas, but rarely do we take the time to teach tools that Sailors could use to attack a problem with structured brainstorming techniques. With professional resources, we aim to host free design thinking workshops to teach these tools in a fun and open environment, open to everyone.
2) athenaSPEARS: Using the science of structured brainstorming and design thinking techniques, we aim to host targeted solving events that attack a specific problem, providing a bevy of powerful solutions straight from the deckplates.
3) athenaFORUMS: To spread the culture of creativity and continue to build bridges from the civilian sector into the fleet, we plan on hosting a series of Guest Speaker events for free. Whether you’re hearing stories from a football player or a poet, we want to blast apart the aperture by which we view problem solving in the Navy.
If these events or our quarterly Waterfront Athena events sound like something that you want to be a part of, join us. If you want to have a stake in innovating the future of the fleet, join us. You can message us on Facebook, message us on Twitter @AthenaNavy or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved!
Dave Nobles is the Combat Systems Officer onboard the Ballistic Missile Defense Guided Missile Destroyer, USS BENFOLD (DDG 65). He is also a member of the CNO’s Rapid Innovation Cell.
Waterfront Athena Six is right around the corner! What’s your big idea?