External changes in technology and information have been more than incremental, while our internal responses have remained incremental. These change pressures are significant and create an uncertain future for higher education. The way forward requires a ‘more than incremental’ response, through bold experimentation. The best designs will harvest ideas from faculty, students, and alumni in the context of institutional challenges. Where technology and information anchor external changes, it stands to reason that library and IT professionals also play a leading role and shape institutional digital strategy. How might we develop the collaborative and generative leadership needed for responsible innovation in the digital age? This talk will look at the relevant trending changes in higher education and explore possible ways forward, drawing from the research and design (R&D) work at Davidson College.