In the 21stC of Work: Collaborate, Support, and Affirm
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Gloria Ferris, Civic Leader and Blogger, talks about the importance of behaving in ways that build trust and respect when working together to build community and enterprise projects. ...

Gloria Ferris, Civic Leader and Blogger, talks about the importance of behaving in ways that build trust and respect when working together to build community and enterprise projects.

As we move forward in the 21st Century of work we must collaborate, support and affirm one other to build sustainable relationships and meaningful projects for prosperity. Sustainability means sustaining all of us so we can all move forward together.

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Copyright 2010 Betsey Merkel http://www.betseymerkel.extendr.com/ and I-Open http://i-open.org/. Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works. Institute for Open Economic Networks (I-Open) 4415 Euclid Ave Suite 301 Cleveland, Ohio 44103 USA

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  • Civic Wisdom Interview April 16, 2010 Gloria Ferris, Meet the Bloggers, Civic Leader and Blogger In the 21st Century of Work: Collaborate, Support, and Affirm [00:05:01] I’ve been talking to quite a few people about collaborative enterprise and how will that work and there’s all the talk about ROI, return on investment, and dollars, and revenue streams, and yes, we all have to eat, we all have to move forward and progress, but I think that what I see, and I’m getting this from a conversation that we had with Father Ed Estok, at St. John’s Cathedral a week ago, and he was talking about being confirming and supporting of other humans, and that affirmation is so important and that you can’t continue to worry about, “What about me?” in that kind of society, in an affirming society. So, then I took it one step further and I started thinking about collaborative enterprises and right now my husband Tim and I are working with another friend and his friend, Jim Herget and John Malone, on an enterprise, on something called, Act III, something we’re working on and stay tuned there will be more coming. But, in so doing, I have realized that without I-OPEN and George Nemeth, Brewed Fresh Daily, and my friend and partner in Meet the Bloggers, that Tim and Jim and John and I wouldn’t be sitting in the room together talking about a new venture. So, in doing that, I think that we need to remember maybe our founders and our collaborators who got us to this point. And that there may be, in the future of work, that when we collaborate together and we take ideas and we move one step forward, that in some way we need to remember that and set aside a certain portion of revenues to help sustain the people who got us to where we are today and I think that, that in itself, shows an affirming and supportive nature of work. We’re talking a lot about new models, and new ways of doing things. We talk about Open Source Economic Development, we talk about open source networking; all of that is, that you take it forward and you move it one space forward, and you share and that’s how we do this but to share also means to support. And support at times means, monetarily. So, I think that when we think of the new enterprises and we think of the new ventures that we’re starting together and working and bringing into our region, we need to remember that sustainability means sustaining all of us. Prosperity means moving all of us forward. So, in our conversations, in our thought processes and in our business plans, we need to remember our founders and how they have helped us and how we can help them. It might be monetarily, it might be always making sure we always give them recognition of, without them we are not there, here today, and maybe they can help you
  • 2 get there. So that we’re constantly reminding people of that we’re all working together in a networked way; we’re only as strong as every slender thread that brought us to where we are. And, I don’t know, I don’t know where this will take us, I don’t know if this works, but I think it’s the only thing that can work, is if we start strengthening our kind of networks than simply more than online communities or even face-to-face forums. We need to know that as we move forward in the twenty-first century of work that we have to collaborate, support, and affirm each other. Generous thanks to Gloria Ferris Meet The Bloggers The Institute for Open Economic Networks (I-Open) 4415 Euclid Ave 3rd Floor Cleveland Ohio 44103 USA Copyright 2010 Betsey Merkel and I-Open Creative Commons License Attribution-Noncommercial No Derivative Works 3.0 United States Website: http://i-open-2.strategy-nets.net Contact Information Gloria Ferris Website: http://www.gloriaferris.net/ Ph: 216-351-0254 Email: gloria.ferris@gmail.com LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/gloria-ferris/0/310/b6 Keywords Civic, leadership, enterprise, networks, collaborate, affirm, support, open source, open source economic development, regions Related Links Facebook group The Institute for Open Economic Networks (I-Open) http://th-th.facebook.com/group.php?gid=35942064712 Facebook page I-Open http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cleveland-OH/I-Open/170817416694?ref=ts I-Open http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cleveland-OH/I-Open/170817416694 Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/iopen/sets/72157623930772906/ I-Open http://i-open.org/ Copyright 2010 Betsey Merkel and I-Open. Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution- Noncommercial-No Derivative Works. Institute for Open Economic Networks (I-Open) 4415 Euclid Ave 3rd Fl Cleveland, Ohio 44103 USA
  • 3 Livestream http://www.livestream.com/iopen Scribd http://www.scribd.com/I-Open Slide Share http://www.slideshare.net/IOpen2 You Tube http://www.youtube.com/user/IOpen2 Vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/8194177 Copyright 2010 Betsey Merkel and I-Open. Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution- Noncommercial-No Derivative Works. Institute for Open Economic Networks (I-Open) 4415 Euclid Ave 3rd Fl Cleveland, Ohio 44103 USA