Friday, February 25, 2005
Here's another example of a shared kitchen incubator. It's a small movement, but it's growing. Read more.
This project is an initiative of The Rogue Initiative for a Vital Economy (THRIVE), based in Ashland, OR. THRIVE is a not-for-profit working to grow the regional economy by helping independent, locally owned businesses connect with each other. The organization has held a Food Connection conference to encourage collaboration between the buyers and sellers of locally produced food.
Some Background on EDPro Weblog
The purpose of this weblog is to help economic development professionals -- EDPros -- keep up with the changes sweeping our profession. Strap on your goggles. It's a whole new game. There are no experts any more. The only place to learn about economic development is from other EDPros who are doing it.
One other point: the prevaling approach (paradigm, if you like) in economic development is shifting from competition to collaboration. There are a lot of reaasons underlying this shift, but here's the important insight: You, your community, and your region will do better by collaborating and sharing information.
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Speaking and workshops on Open Source Economic Development
As the idea of Open Source Economic Development starts spreading, more people are asking about it. Visit the I-Open web site to learn more. My colleagues and I are happy to explain the basic concepts in a talk or a workshop. E-mail Susan Alshuler if you'd like to learn more about workshops and speaking.
Background on Ed Morrison
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