Wednesday, September 12, 2007
When Apple comes knocking on your door to help out your school system, don't send them away and tell them they are "half-baked".
That's the amazing story of what happened in Cleveland recently. Read more.
It occurs to me that we are witnessing a generational gap in Cleveland.
If your economic development strategy is led by people who barely understand the intricacies of e-mail, chances are they are not aware of the dramatic changes sweeping the national economy. Sadly, Cleveland's civic leadership has developed a reputation for both insularity and arrogance. After reading the story of Apple, it's not surprising to see how this perception emerges.
The message to EDPros: Diversifying the age of your leadership is more important now than ever.
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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