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Renaissance Center

The Renaissance Center is a revolutionary collaborative space and ideation laboratory designed to bridge multiple sectors, disciplines and cultures and to serve as a forum for complex problem-solving relating to national and international societal challenges.

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Renaissance Center seeks to cultivate and challenge the common interests of educators, leaders from business and government, artists, scientists and entrepreneurs, and to serve as a springboard to collaboration, research and social change.

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An overview of

Renaissance Thinking

Groundwork and Backstory 
Raison d'etre for the Renaissance Center

Guiding Principles and Signature Methodology
Imagination, Synergy, Creativity and Connectivity.

Pilot Year Report
Case history at the University at Albany

Creative Leaps International and
the Strategic Planning Project at UAlbany

A Concert of Ideas

“I know very well who I am,  and who I can be, if I choose!”

Don Quixote de La Mancha 

Founding Sponsors & Donors

A Huge THANK YOU to our Founding Sponsors and Donors!

The Renaissance Center completed its 18-month pilot year at the University at Albany with funding from two principal sources: the University President’s Office, Dr. James R. Stellar, interim president, and a President’s Discretionary Grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Dr. Vartan Gregorian, president.

Additional Funding Sources

The President’s Discretionary Grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York arrived in the spring of 2018. In-kind contributions from the University, including significant dedicated staff time from the Provost’s Office, pro bono services provided by Renaissance Center founder John Cimino, and extensive pricing discounts from Creative Leaps International, also featured prominently in support of the Renaissance Center’s pilot year.   

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