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  1. 1. Design Corps of Rural America • Forgotten Legacy • Missing Link • The X Factors
  2. 2. Rural Legacy In the first half of the 20th century, the Midwest was a center of innovation and a creator of industries many in rural towns. In the second half of the 20th century, the Midwest became a culture of mastery.
  3. 3. Design Corps Goals • Locally Owned Headquarters (3-5) • High Paying Professional Jobs • Local Design Studios Networked • quot;Gifted & Talentedquot; (3% to 5% )
  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 home those ideas for niche markets • Add value by redesigning the inventions • Patents are then sold to their HOMETOWN or other towns in return for a royalty and/or cash Michigan Public Act 444
  5. 5. Missing Link Entrepreneurs 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 Inventors & & Bridge to: Companies Researchers (Private & Public) Identify Inventors Market Analysis Redesign & Add Value (Ketchup Bottle) Sell Patented Idea to Hometowns
  7. 7. A Competitive-Edge • Designing products within a system • For national markets: $10-$100 million • With higher than normal profits • Where the profits come back home • Creating higher paying jobs in a • Local but publicly controlled
  8. 8. Screening Criteria Headquarters Niches are limited to the intersection of the three circles
  9. 9. The X Factors Gifted & Talented • Most creative & underutilized resource • Most likely (3%-5%) to think outside the box • Most likely resource to create jobs/companies • Most of them have gone underground • Towns export them and they do not return
  10. 10. Design Studio Process • 2-6 “G&T” staff within six months in • Virtual teams of 3 to 4 on several projects will • Design and redesign products and services • Around the passion of a “champion” • Collaborate with other design studios as well as • On-line collaboration with teens in the U.S.
  11. 11. Design Studio • It is not a simulation • It is not a volunteer program • It is about a solution… the destiny of their hometown
  12. 12. Design Corps Staff Role • Identify teens & adults – Creatively gifted – Organizationally talented • Town representatives meet together monthly • Three objectives (teach--challenge—ignite): 1. Functioning Design Studio in 4-6 months 2. Train staff to find serial inventors & create database 3. Re-design inventions and prepare marketing plan
  13. 13. Ten Design Studios 1 2 3 4 5 Virtual Design 6 Network 20 Teens 4-8 Teens 7 10 Design 8 Studio 9
  14. 14. Where do towns fit in? • Privately funded: $200,000/county/year – ($25,000 for the Design Corps Network) • 3-4 town leaders introduce the project to: – Teens, Parents, leaders and Public Educators • Be available to problem solve…and mentor • Allow teams to selectively access your
  15. 15. Does it make sense to you? Can it work? Would you actively support this idea with teens and adults?
  16. 16. Design Corps • Forgotten Legacy • Missing Link • The X Factors
  17. 17. Dr. William R. Wilkie 471 West Long Lake Drive Harrison, Michigan 48625 989.339.4998 or 989.539.1928 wwilkie@design-corps.org www.design-corps.org Reference: Dr. Emmett Lippe Former Superintendent Novi Public Schools Currently: CEO, Lippe Consulting
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