For over five years, the Agile Lab team has been donating its time to help civic leaders in Flint, Michigan. Our starting challenge: How could we reduce teenage homicide rates. Below, you can see a video we completed several years ago with the core team that initially came to us for help. Now, the most trained…

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The Lab has established a partnership in The Hague, where we do training. Our next training is scheduled for April. Meanwhile, participants in our last training are moving along the path to certification. (In addition, our first class was so enthusiastic about what they were learning that they launched Strategic Doing Europe as a learning…

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We have been working with our colleagues at Michigan State University to adapt our agile strategy training to the specific circumstances of distressed communities. These disinvested neighborhoods present particular challenges. The starting point in these communities is different. They face a history of disinvestment that produces long-term scars. Oftentimes, like Flint, whole neighborhoods face trauma,…

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Purdue and Ohio State are collaborating to bring agile strategy to the networks that Ohio State is building through its engagement mission. In January, we traveled to Columbus to present an overview of Strategic Doing to 90 participants in the Ohio State Community Engagement Conference. We provided an overview of how leaders now design and…

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The Lab is collaborating with Purdue Healthcare Advisors to accelerate collaboration within Indiana’s critical access hospitals. This designation, established by Congress in the late 1990s, responds to the widespread pattern of closures among rural hospitals in the 1980s and early 1990s. These hospitals are continuing to struggle. They are financially vulnerable, yet they are critical…

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The Kauffman Foundation’s  entrepreneurship initiatives are undergoing transformation. Under the leadership of Victor Hwang,  Kauffman has assembled an impressive team of young professionals with ambitious plans to support the replication of entrepreneurial ecosystems across the country. Victor turned to the Lab for assistance in designing a research roadmap to support the development and scaling of…

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Purdue Healthcare Advisors (PHA) is working with 14 Critical Access Hospitals across Indiana to introduce new “lean” processes. These very small hospitals are facing enormous challenges. Some are part of larger healthcare systems that are reorganizing. Others are facing major financial challenges. They chronically have difficulty recruiting and retaining medical staff. Yet, these hospitals provide…

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Three months after Hurricane Maria devastated the island, Puerto Rico is still reeling. Much of the island remains without electricity, reports The Washington Post, and many businesses remain closed. Hurricane Maria has also worsened the island’s massive debt crisis. NPR reports that stretched budgets have also resulted in a serious garbage problem. Working with our…

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Purdue CareerMaker is an exciting new initiative to develop innovative solutions to the growing workforce challenges faced by employers in Indiana.  With multiple sites throughout Indiana, Purdue will be engaging employers to design new career pathways that are specifically tailored to their needs.  This demand–driven approach to education requires close collaboration between the Purdue Institute…

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