Posts Tagged ‘networks’

Practitioner Guide to Innovating Networks, Clusters and Ecosystems

Based on the continuing work we are doing in developing entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystems, the Lab has compiled a guidebook for practitioners. The publication provides practionters with insghts into the critical tools, frameworks and disciplines that the Lab uses to guide the design of these ecosystems. You can download a copy of this guidebook here.…

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Redefining Community Development in the Age of Networks

The traditional approach to developing prosperous communities assumes that communities are mechanical systems. When they fail, when there is a breakdown, we must have a problem that needs to be fixed.  What if this approach is wrong? What if instead of thinking of our communities as mechanical systems, we see them as they really are:…

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Surfacing networks with forums

Networks that can power innovation are invisible.  The term “social capital”  first appeared in the 1880s, but its popularity took off a century later in the 1990s. Yet, naming these social networks does not help us visualize, design or manage them.  Confronted with the fact that organizations get work done through social networks, how we design…

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Designing new narratives to guide emerging networks

In the world of networks, narratives provide guidance. They convey knowledge. They generate learning. They create coherence. They reflect and spread the positive mindset needed for transformation and resilience. When confronting a complex regional transformation, we often focus first on the regional narrative: The stories people share with each other. This step involves seeking out…

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Economic Development’s Next Big Opportunity: Horizontal Innovation

The next big transformation in economic development is coming. It’s about time. Remarkably, most economic development organizations are still playing a game invented in Mississippi in the 1930s. It goes something like this. Make a quick assessment of your economy to figure out your community’s Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities and Threats, the SWOT analysis. (Hint: Hire…

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