This is the 2003-2005 I-Open Civic Forum Program Matrix designed by Betsey Merkel, Co-Founder and Director, The Institute for Open Economic Networks (I-Open) used to organize Civic Forum programming in Northeast Ohio from 2003 through 2005.
The Civic Forums were convened from the Center for Regional Economic Issues (REI), Case Western Reserve University at the Weatherhead School of Business. Leaders from business, academic, civic, and government participated creating new conversations about their work and priorities for transformative initiatives.
This matrix points to the need for communities and regions to participate at higher levels of organization, process, and tools to identify, connect, and align creativity and resources for transformative, sustainable innovation.
This form is typical of matrices used in designing and investing in new conversations focused on aspects of Open Source Economic Development. Civic Forum conversations build networks and communities focused on categories of the Innovation Framework, and topics representing citizen priorities affecting education, economic, and workforce development.
You can learn more about the Center for Regional Economic Issues (REI) in the I-Open Backgrounder page at http://www.i-open.org/backgrounder.html