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Design Corps Goals

• Locally Owned Headquarters (3-5)

• High Paying Professional Jobs

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A Design Studio is:
•   A self-sustaining nonprofit
•   Organized and led by the “gifted and talentedquot;
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Where do towns fit in?
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Design Corps
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Dr. William R. Wilkie
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  1. 1. Design Corps of Rural A f l America •F Forgotten L Legacy • Missing Link k • The X Factors
  2. 2. Rural Legacy In h first h lf of the I the fi half f h 20 th century, the Midwest was a y center of innovation and a creator f d of industries many in rural towns. y In h I the second h lf of the 20th d half f h century, the Midwest became a y culture of mastery. l f
  3. 3. Design Corps Goals • Locally Owned Headquarters (3-5) • High Paying Professional Jobs • Local Design Studios Networked g • quot;Gifted & Talented (3% to 5% ) Gifted Talentedquot;
  4. 4. A Design Studio is: • A self-sustaining nonprofit • Organized and led by the “gifted and talentedquot; • Networked regionally and nationally • To identify technology and inventions • Bring h B i home those ideas for niche markets th id f ih kt • Add value by redesigning the inventions • Patents P t t are then sold to their HOMETOWN or th ld t th i other towns in return for a royalty and/or cash Michigan Public Act 444
  5. 5. Missing Link Entrepreneurs p Inventors & & Companies Researchers (Private & Public) “Crash and Burn” Inventions are seldom commercialized because the connection is often never made!
  6. 6. Missing Link Design Studios Entrepreneurs p Inventors I t & & Bridge to: Companies Researchers (Private & Public) Identify Inventors Id tif I t Market Analysis Redesign & Add Value g (Ketchup Bottle) Sell Patented Idea to Hometowns
  7. 7. AC Competitive-Edge etiti e Edge • D i i products within a system Designing d t ithi t • For national ma k ts: $ 0-$100 million Fo markets: $10 $ 00 $10- • With higher than normal profits • Where the profits come back home • C ti hi h paying j b i a Creating higher i jobs in • Local but p L publicly controlled company y py It is not enough to be just competitive!
  8. 8. Screening Criteria Headquarters Niches are limited to the intersection of the three circles
  9. 9. T The X Factors F Gifted & Talented • Most creative & underutilized natural resource • M t likely (3%-5%) t thi k outside th b Most lik l (3%- to think t id the box • Most likely resource to create jobs/companies • Most of th M t f them h have gone underground d d • Towns export them and they do not return • Th need to be valued and challenged They dt b l d d h ll d
  10. 10. Design Studio Process D i St di P • 2-6 “G&T” staff within six months i GT ff i hi i h in • Virtual teams of 3 to 4 on several projects will pj • Design and redesign products and services • Around the passion of a “champion” champion • Collaborate with other design studios as well as • O -li collaboration with teens i the U S On- On line ll b i ih in h U.S. • Selling products to towns p • For a self-sustaining non-profit Design Studio self- non-
  11. 11. Design Studio D i St di •It is not a simulation I •It is not a volunteer program pg •It is about a solution… the destiny of their hometown
  12. 12. Design Corps Staff Role • Identify teens & adults I y – Creatively gifted – Organizationally talented • Town representatives meet together monthly • Three objectives ( Th b (teach--challenge— (teach--challenge—ignite): h h ll ) 1. Functioning Design Studio in 4-6 months 4- 2. T Train staff to find serial inventors & create d b ff fd l database 3. Re-design inventions and prepare marketing plan Re-
  13. 13. Ten Design S g Studios 1 2 3 4 5 Virtual Design 6 Network 20 Teens 4-8 Teens 7 10 Design Di 8 Studio 9
  14. 14. Where do towns fit in? • Privately funded: $200 000/county/year $200,000/county/year – ($25,000 for the network) • 3-4 town leaders introduce the project to: –T Teens, Parents, leaders and P bli Ed P ld d Public Educators • B available to problem solve…and mentor Be l bl bl l d • Allow teams to selectively access your network
  15. 15. Does it make sense to you? D k Can it work? Would you actively support this idea ith teens and adults? thi id with t d d lt ?
  16. 16. Design Corps of Rural A f l America •F Forgotten L Legacy •M Missing Link Lk • Th X Factors The F
  17. 17. Dr. William R. Wilkie 471 W West LLong L k D Lake Drive Harrison, Michigan 48625 g 989.339.4998 or 989.539.1928 wwilkie@design-corps.org wwilkie@design-corps org www.design- www.design-corps.org Reference: Dr. Emmett Lippe Former S F Superintendent i d Novi Public Schools Currently: CEO Lippe Consulting CEO, 989.539.4062
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