CIVIC INNOVATIONS Delore Zimmerman, PhD President Center for the Study of Government and the Individual University of Colorado at Colorado Springs April 29, 2009
AMERICA’S TRADITION OF CIVIC ENTREPRENEURIALISM
Americans of all ages, all stations in life, and all types of disposition in life, are forever forming associations. There are not only commercial and industrial associations... but others of a thousand different types-religious, moral, serious, futile, very general, and very limited, immensely large and very minute.
Community forum , which assembles the community into an informal assembly where participation is by virtue of participants knowledge and interest, not by virtue of their position. foresight exercises
Capacity for technical analysis — so that the members of the forum can undertake studies, assessments of local problems at the local level by local people –> facts-driven
Access to risk capital – so that tests and trials of community innovations can be launched.
Alcaeus 600 BC Greece Seize Opportunity Now Not houses finely roofed Nor the stones of walls well built Nor canals nor dockyards make the city But men able to use their opportunity
“ If you want to have good ideas you must have many ideas.” Linus Pauling Quantum chemist & biochemist Nobel Prize Winner (2 times) Become a possibility factory! High Throughput – Combinatorial
Machinery & Equipment Electronics Find Opportunities at the Crossroads of Industries Agriculture Production Information Technology
Mobilize leadership coalitions on multiple fronts
William Gibson author, coined term cyberspace “ The future is already here. It’s just not equally distributed yet .” Learn from The Success of Others
I’ll believe it when I see it. I’ll see it when I believe it.” Tell a compelling story that commits people to the possibilities People must first share a story which they are all a part and relate their course of action to that story . Howard Gardner