Monday, April 16, 2007
One of the roles of civic leaders these days is to encourage a community to come up with a BHAG: A Big Hairy Audacious Goal.
Drawn from the work of Jim Collins, author of Good to Great, a BHAG can provide the power to align people.
Here's an example of leader doing just that in Michigan. Read more.
Colleagues of mine in Cleveland run a very impressive organization, Entrepreneurs for Sustainability. They use BHAGs to press people and organizations to come up with the big ideas that will transform a region. Read more.
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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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