Sunday, May 13, 2007
The season for leadership visits is well underway. A delegation from Evansville will be traveling to Cincinnati. Read more.
A delegation from Nashville will be heading to Baltimore. Read more. Next week, a delegation of leaders from Lexington, KY will be visiting Colorado Springs.
Trips like this accomplish at least three objectives:
1. They expose you to new ideas that you can “borrow” (in the Huck Finn sense of the word. No expensive consultants needed.) 2. They provide insurance against doing something stupid. (Your hosts will not hesitate to share candid views on your plans. It’s a Wisdom of the Crowd moment.) 3. They increase your effectiveness by strengthening relationships and alignments within your leadership group. (In a complex, networked world, regions with stronger relationships and alignments will be more competitive, responsive, and agile. They will learn faster and act faster.)
posted by Ed Morrison |
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
Download some background information on me here.