How about an ongoing faculty/student seminar reading latest books on “new economy.” Meets every two weeks for 2-3 hours. Discussion. Main thing is to get folks reading/talking about same topic and one that generates, over time, a shared set of references that can become a scaffold for ongoing conversations both in and outside of classes.
Could even offer books at half-price or ten dollars to faculty (which ever is more), ten dollars to students, subsidized by a grant. If we assume 20 (5 faculty, 15 students) total participants and seven books at average cost of $25, we’d need about 5x7x12.5 + 15x7x15 = $2000. Easily doable.
Stay tuned for a suggested reading list.