Sunday, February 19, 2006
EDPro reader Jim Roberts has sent along a column that he wrote on how civic leaders in western North Carolina are building a new economy based on entrepreneurship and innovation. Read more.
The region's approach is a valuable model because it is both networked and emergent.
The approach is networked because it does not rely on any single initiative to accelerate innovation and entrepreneurship. Instead, the region has a number of different interlocking initiatives at work.
The strategy is emergent, because it focuses on the market and opportunities that emerge as markets evolve. Over the longer term, the strategy will work to make the region far more resilient and prosperous.
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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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