Thursday, March 08, 2007
Just got through with a workshop on economic gardening, an important and sophisticated set of strategies to support entrepreneurs. Chris Gibbons, who first set up this approach, guided our workshop in how econonic development services are shifting to support entrepreneurship and innovation.
I've known Chris for some time through his e-mail list-serv, so it was good to meet him finally.
Chris has developed a highly leveraged model that has a strong track record of success. You can learn more by reviewing his web site.
SBA recently featured the strategy in its latest annual report on small business. Read chapter 6 of the annual report, which you can download here.
If you are not familiar with economic gardening, you should be.
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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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