Monday, July 09, 2007
In economic development, we know that our education system is broken. (Regular EDPro readers will recall a steady and growing stream of articles on skill shortages.) Despite two decades of reform efforts, very little has changed.
But what to do?
In a number of counties in Ohio, P-16 Councils are forming to push education reform to a new level.
Promoted by the KnowledgeWorks Foundation in Cincinnati, these councils provide a hopeful model for engaging the business, philanthropic, and education leaders of a community in a focused agenda. A good example of how these work is in Stark County.
Last week, Mansfield, OH announced that it had formed a P-16 Council. Read more.
You can learn more about P-16 councils from the KnowledgeWorks web site here. You can download a copy of a report on P-16 councils here.
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
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