"What If..."

Innovation and Creativity in Nebraska

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Comments, questions, ideas? Contact "What If..." host/producer Mike Tobias at mtobias@netNebraska.org. And follow Mike and the project on Twitter and Facebook:

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Good ideas often start with a simple question. "What if?"

Nebraskans answer with innovation and creativity. We tell their stories in our new NET Television series, "What If..."

"What If…" is an exploration of innovation, creativity, invention and discovery," says "What If..." host and producer Mike Tobias. "Stories about interesting Nebraskans with interesting ideas in a wide range of areas, like university research, entrepreneurship, education, economic development and more. It’s a great project because we’re having fun and challenging ourselves creatively to tell these stories in a way that takes you inside the worlds and minds of these innovators."


Innovator Insights

What drives Nebraska’s innovators, big thinkers, risk takers? How do they think? What influences them? What have they learned from? What’s next? We explore this in a separate “What If…” project component, designed for a high school/college age target audience, called “Innovator Insights.” Check out the "Innovator Insights" videos below.


"What If..." Music

"What If..." celebrates innovation and creativity. So in our stories we're also showcasing original music, submitted for use in the project by a wide range Nebraska composers (like Winston Schneider of Omaha, pictured above during our recording of a "What If..." segment).

  • CLICK HERE for a listing of the songs and composers from each "What If..." story
  • Want to submit your original music for future "What If..." use? Contact Mike Tobias at mtobias@netNebraska.org

"What If..." Stories

A Small Town “Thinking Differently”: How the leaders of Ord started working together and “thinking differently” about economic development, including creating a unique leadership program. This story is part of "What If..." a... more››
Biomechanics Research: UNO’s first-of-its-kind Biome¬chanics Research Building and cutting edge research is studying human motion and helping people with conditions that restrict movement. This story is part of "What If..." a... more››
Winston Schneider is just a typical Omaha fifth grader who likes Legos, insects, Star Wars…and composing classical music. This year he won the National Association for Music Education composer’s competition for his piece, “... more››
During an interview for our "What If..." series on innovation and creativity, we gave young Omaha composer Winston Schneider four notes. This is the full song he composed "on-the-fly" from that starting point. Watch our story on... more››
Denise and Paul Augustyn are breathing new life into old Catholic churches using things like PVC pipe and styrofoam to replicate marble and other more expensive materials. This story is part of "What If..." a program exploring... more››
iEXCEL: cutting edge 3D, VR and other simulation technology at UNMC is changing health education and improving the preparation of health care professionals. This story is part of "What If..." a program exploring innovation and... more››
Quantified Ag: Called a “FitBit for Cows,” high tech ear tags created by a Lincoln company and founder Vishal Singh make it easier for cattle producers to monitor animal health. This story is part of "What If..." a program... more››
Growing Great Beginnings: A unique Community Action Partnership of Lancaster and Saunders Counties program is helping people living in poverty learn to cook, meal plan and grow their own food. This story is part of "What If... more››
Changing the Workplace: Omaha web hosting start-up Flywheel is changing how and where people work, with dogs in the workplace to beer coolers to tearing down walls and different attitudes and ideas about what a workplace should... more››

"What If... Innovator Insights"

Short videos with innovators and creators answering questions about things like influences, passions and mistakes. Advice for a... more››
Short videos with innovators and creators answering questions about things like influences, passions and mistakes. Advice for a... more››
Short videos with innovators and creators answering questions about things like influences, passions and mistakes. Advice for a... more››
Short videos with innovators and creators answering questions about things like influences, passions and mistakes. Advice for a... more››
Short videos with innovators and creators answering questions about things like influences, passions and mistakes. Advice for a... more››
Short videos with innovators and creators answering questions about things like influences, passions and mistakes. Advice for a... more››
Short videos with innovators and creators answering questions about things like influences, passions and mistakes. Advice for a... more››
Short videos with innovators and creators answering questions about things like influences, passions and mistakes. Advice for a... more››