COINS: An Economic Development Tool for Education, Economic, and Workforce Development in Open Source Economic Development
Betsey Merkel, Co-Founder, Director, The Institute for Open Economic Networks (I-Open) contributed this paper to the COINS 2009 conference at the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) October 8- 11, 2009.
This paper describes I-Open's approach to a higher level of organization, process, and tools needed to build networked collaborative communities from our experience working in the "Civic Space" (everywhere outside the four walls of any organization) over a six year period from 2003 to 2009. It offers a starting point for us to take a closer look at how to integrate COINS and apply CONDOR, an analytic and mapping software tool, to improve creativity, collaboration, and communications to accelerate Open Source Economic Development.
We're suggesting an accelerated networked model of Civic Forums hosted in collaboration with colleges, universities, and libraries. Let us know if you or your organization is interested in collaborating to build a three to five site Civic Forum model to advance creativity, collaboration, and communication.
You can learn more about COINS and Condor on the Swarm Creativity blog and workspaces http://swarmcreativity.blogspot.com/ and http://www.swarmcreativity.net/
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