1. Leveraging the Strengths ofour Rural Economies:Lessons from the FrontEd MorrisonPurdue Center for Regional DevelopmentNovember, 2010
2. First, a thank you to the Purdue Center for Regional Development ...for supporting this work in regional innovationSites of StrategicDoing workshops
3. And to a group of extraordinary innovators who are re-imagining rural Rural innovators working group organized by Dave Ivan at Michigan StateUniversity, Norm Walzer atNorthern Illinois University and Mary Emery at Iowa State University Minneapolis, MN
4. We are operating in a different world ...a world of networks
5. We are operating in a different world ...a world of interdependence
6. We are operating in a different world...a world of uncertainty, beauty and grace
7. We can collaborate to compete...and move our communities to the next level
8. We can stop sitting ...behind our invisible fences Our communities are marked byinvisible fences -- once working, now broken -- that we refuse (or are tooafraid) to cross. To our children and grandchildren, these invisible fences make no sense.
9. We can develop ...an attitude Young professionals inYoungstown, Ohio promote a new attitudes about their hometown...Their message to the older generation stuck in the past: “Get over it”.
10. We can work on complex challenges ...togetherVision East, NC alliance of 8 workforce boards in Eastern North Carolina October, 2010
11. We can imagine ourselves ...as rural innovatorsNational Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts United Kingdom
12. We can rebuild our civic spaces...to do some complex thinking
13. We can get serious about civility ...to do some complex thinking
14. We can rediscover the genius ...of our democracy In May 1787, the Framers adopted rules of civility to guide their deliberations in whatbecame known as “The Brilliant Solution”
15. We can embrace diversity ...and recognize its creative value In economicdevelopment, diversity is not a legal mandate, it is a creative imperative
16. We can embrace creativity ...with new eyes Watermelon Festival:Hope, AR Courtesy of Mark Peterson,University of Arkansas
17. We can recommit ourselves ...to our clients
18. We can support entrepreneurs ...wherever they show up
19. We can guide deeper conversations ...to innovate
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21. We can recognize leadership ...in a new (old) way "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do moreand become more, you are a leader." -- John Quincy Adams
22. We know we can transform ...even complex metro economies The transformation of Oklahoma City began with eight people in 1993. I was privilegedto be a part of this core team.
23. Across the country people see a new path ...which leaves the question....
24. What will you do?
25. Thank you! Ed MorrisonPurdue Center for Regional Development firstname.lastname@example.org