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Innovation Economy Epiphany Workshop


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Nearly every major metro region in America is experiencing great economic stress. Amazingly, stakeholders in every region are disconnected, disjointed and unable to effectively communicate. There exists no common vision, strategy or framework for including and empowering all of the region's residents.

Local innovation ecosystems are fragmented, with leaders operating in their own independent silos. And historically underserved and disconnected peoples and communities are so far behind they are losing ground daily as the explosive growth of innovation hubs and the startup culture threatens to leave them behind permanently.

The Innovation Economy Epiphany Workshop introduces the BIG PICTURE in a way that all audiences can clearly understand. In this workshop, the key issues of a common local vision, common understanding, common strategies, inclusive frameworks and open collaboration are threaded throughout.

But how do we develop a common vision, common understanding, and a strategic approach toward economic inclusion and increased regional competitiveness?

How do we empower those who have fallen far behind to not only participate in the innovation economy but become productive in job growth and wealth creation?

And how can we identify and scale up what's working in each local region?

What role does education play in the "economic future" of each region?

And how do we get local stakeholders to break down the walls of competitive silos to collaborate for the benefit of each generation?

This workshop is an innovative approach to aligning the disjointed, connecting the disconnected and empowering individuals, communities and regions to develop a sustainable pipeline to productivity process that increases job growth and regional economic competitiveness through the framework of local innovation, inclusion and impact.

You will emerge from this workshop with a significantly greater understanding of how your local innovation ecosystem works, your role in it and an understanding of how you can be part of the solution to the challenges your region faces.

This workshop is step one of a process that will open your eyes to a 21st century economic imperative and national vision of Inclusive Competitiveness. It is a must-attend event for anyone concerned about the economic future of their community, region and state.

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Innovation Economy Epiphany Workshop

  1. 1. Innovation Economy: Epiphany Workshop America is seeking answers to empowering boys and men of color. A lot of great work is being done by Black Male Initiative and Achievement programs. President Obama recently added the “My Brother’s Keeper” Initiative to empower boys and men of color. My workshop contains essential knowledge fuel that serves as a booster for any empowerment program. This information will help propel these worthy efforts toward exponential impact and measurable results. By Mike Green ©2014
  2. 2. America’s Problem We’re missing the big picture. The nation’s economy has fundamentally changed. Unfortunately, historically disconnected communities didn’t get the memo. But they can easily see the train has left the station, is picking up speed, and they’re not on it. Ironically, America’s separate and unequal economic mechanisms have reached a level of unsustainability. As the nation’s racial demographic continues to evolve our multicultural melting pot status, the global economic competitiveness of America is depending more and more upon more Americans being empowered to engage, contribute and compete in a knowledge-based, tech-driven, globally competitive innovation economy. How do we connect economically disconnected peoples and communities to their local innovation ecosystems and empower them through a pipeline to productivity process? LEFT BEHIND DISCONNECTED
  3. 3. America’s Economic Solution In the 21st Century, all roads lead to Inclusive Competitiveness How will you get there? The Epiphany Workshop is your roadmap to understanding how to get to the destination of economic inclusion and increased regional competitiveness. This workshop is for everyone: educators and students, community and economic developers, business leaders, policymakers, private equity investors. There is no other workshop like this in America that can take an audience from zero knowledge of the Innovation Economy to an ovation- inducing epiphany in which the entire local innovation ecosystem is illuminated clearly.
  4. 4. WHAT IS INCLUSIVE COMPETITIVENESS? Inclusive Competitiveness is achieved as a result of policies, strategies, practices and metrics to improve characteristic performance of underrepresented populations within innovation ecosystems and clusters, emerging industry sectors, and other areas critical to overall economic competitiveness. Inclusive Competitiveness neither alters nor replaces, but rather complements and enhances, existing and emerging economic competitiveness metrics and strategies, exclusively focusing on the characteristic performance of underrepresented populations. Johnathan Holifield Architect of Inclusive Competitiveness Economic Inclusion + Economic Competitiveness = Inclusive Competitiveness
  5. 5. What do you see when you peer into the blind spots of America’s cities? TALENT INNOVATION OPPORTUNITY INVESTMENT The NCAA, NFL, NBA and the industries of sports media and commercial real estate investing have all prospered due, in great part, to the value extracted from America’s disconnected and broken communities. Today, there are engineers, physicists, chemists, computer scientists, architects, doctors, researchers, startup founders, private equity investors, philanthropists, policymakers and world leaders sitting in public school classrooms where they are isolated from any knowledge of their local innovation ecosystems. Millions of high-achieving students have never heard of a Hackathon, Meetup or Startup Weekend. And they don’t know that we’re depending upon them to develop solutions to tomorrow’s problems. Let’s change that equation.
  6. 6. America’s Wealth
  7. 7. The random act of choosing a career and pursuing it through the 20th century model of higher education will not reverse this trend of a widening wealth gap. Indeed, this wealth chasm was created under the 20th century model. How do we address this issue in the 21st century? Whose JOB is it to fix this?
  8. 8. America’s Demographic Shift
  9. 9. By 2050, America will look dramatically different than it did at the turn of the 21st century. A true multicultural landscape will emerge, where non-White Americans will comprise more than 50% of the population. People will need jobs. Who will create them? Black & Hispanic Americans produce LESS than 3.5% of America’s GDP. 29% Currently produces LESS than 3.5% GDP Who will create U.S. jobs for tomorrow?
  10. 10. America’s Jobs
  11. 11. MANUFACTURING JOBS PERCENTAGE SHARE OF U.S. WORKFORCE Advanced Manufacturing Era. Workers need some level of STEM Education. Best projections expect the graph to flatline. MANUFACTURING ECONOMY INNOVATION ECONOMY<< Agriculture Economy
  12. 12. America’s Opportunity
  13. 13. The nation’s longest and best study of upward mobility rates in America revealed a grim reality for those in a low- income status. Where you live factors significantly in your chances of moving up the socio-economic ladder over 3 decades. Every region in the U.S. needs more jobs. Who will create them? UPWARD MOBILITY?
  14. 14. Shaded areas above are least upwardly mobile regions for students in low- income families over a 30-year span. Map shows regions where the nation’s 105 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) are located. These schools are heavily comprised of low-income student populations. HBCU OPPORTUNITY HBCUs are deeply and historically connected to the landscape of low-income communities of color and are a trusted source of teaching, mentoring, influence & impact. These schools represent opportunities for development of an entrepreneurial culture.
  15. 15. America’s 21 Century EDUCATION
  16. 16. America needs more STEM-educated workers for its knowledge-based, tech-driven globally competitive innovation economy.
  18. 18. America’s Entrepreneurs
  19. 19. “Entrepreneurship is America’s secret sauce. “It’s what built the greatest economy in the world and the strongest middle class. “It’s what fuels American innovation, makes our industries more globally competitive and creates new jobs across our economy.” U.S. economy depends on entrepreneurs April 29, 2013 Karen Mills, Director Small Business Administration
  22. 22. “Due to lack of availability of STEM education to low-income students, Black and Hispanic populations are statistically absent from this exploding landscape of startup entrepreneurs, despite representing more than triple and double the national rate of growth in entrepreneurship in America (18%).” Mike Green 60% 44% Headline only Rate of Entrepreneurial Growth
  23. 23. America’s STARTUP CULTURE Can you map the Local Innovation Ecosystem in your region? Hint: The legend above is incomplete
  24. 24. America’s Historically Disconnected
  25. 25. 20121960 11% 11% 11% 65% 77% 15% < 1% < 4% 1998 Bio/Health Scientists < 1% < 4% Math / Computer Science / Engineers < 1% < 1% High-Growth Tech Entrepreneurs / High Growth Job Creators Risk Capital Investors / Angels / Venture Capitalists Represented in NFL Represented in NBA Represented in MLB < 1% < 1% 20th century economic strategies don’t work today. What’s our 21st century strategy? Black youth were taught how to play sports games and learned to compete. To compete in the arena of innovation, we must learn how the game is played. 50+ years of Black American “progress” into the 21st century
  26. 26. Connecting America
  27. 27. “Thursday [Feb. 27, 2014] marks the start of an effort that the president and First Lady Michelle Obama plan to undertake for the rest of their lives.” “(My Brother's Keeper) initiative is about building on successes and promising ideas in the field by testing, implementing, and scaling up strategies which have been shown to have the greatest impact at key moments in these boys' lives.” Valerie Jarrett Senior Advisor to President Obama On Feb. 27, 2014 President Obama launched, “My Brother’s Keeper,” a new effort aimed at empowering boys and young men of color. This segment of our society too often faces disproportionate challenges and obstacles to success. This challenge is not new. America has a long history of overtly seeking to deny black males the opportunity to compete. Today, however, the greatest opportunity for empowering black boys and young men to compete in today’s economy is in the hands of black adults. “I’m reaching out to some of America’s leading foundations and corporations on a new initiative to help more young men of color facing especially tough odds to stay on track and reach their full potential.” President Barack Obama January 28, 2014 LEADERSHIP IN ACTION
  28. 28. Who is educating the educators, leaders and influencers on how the game is played in 21st century Local Innovation Ecosytems?
  29. 29. LOCAL Innovation Ecosystem EDUCATION TECH INDUSTRY ENTREPRENEURSHIP INVESTMENTPOLICY COMMUNITY K-12 Public Schools Private/ Charter Community Colleges Universities Families /Students Nonprofits Community Development Faith-Based Social Justice Civil Rights Technical / Vocation Digital Media Advanced Manufacturing Health Tech Bio Tech Agri Tech Eco Tech Energy Transportation R&D Commercialization Innovation Curricula Incubators Accelerators Pitch Competitions Hackathons Startup Weekends TED Talks / Activities Startups Legislation Public-Private Partners Foundations NADO / CEDS Corporate Leadership Higher Education Leadership Wealthy Individuals State / Federal Private Equity Public-Private Partners Corporate Venture Micro Loans Financial Institutions Crowdsourcing Foundations Wealthy Individuals Edu Tech Faith-based Government CONVENING AUTHORITIES TBED / iBED Software / Hardware Foundations Celebrities / Wealthy K-12 / Higher Edu Conferences / Summits NonprofitsR&D / Institutes
  30. 30. POLICY COMMUNITY INDUSTRY EDUCATION ENTREPRENEURS FUNDING COMMUNICATIONDEVELOPMENT RDO EDA 5-Year Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies Plan Regional Development Organization Local Innovation Ecosystem 6 Investment Priorities Who is teaching America’s boys and men of color how to engage and compete in this game?
  31. 31. Collaborative Regional Innovation Initiatives that support the development and growth of innovation clusters based on existing regional competitive strengths. Initiatives must engage stakeholders; facilitate collaboration among urban, suburban, and rural (including tribal) areas; provide stability for economic development through long-term intergovernmental and public/private collaboration; and support the growth of existing and emerging industries. Public/Private Partnerships Investments that use both public- and private-sector resources and leverage complementary investments by other government/public entities and/or nonprofits. National Strategic Priorities Initiatives that encourage job growth and business expansion related to advanced manufacturing; information technology (e.g., broadband, smart grid) infrastructure; communities severely impacted by automotive industry restructuring; urban waters; natural disaster mitigation and resiliency; access to capital for small, medium-sized, and ethnically diverse enterprises; and innovations in science and health care. Global Competitiveness Initiatives that support high-growth businesses and innovation-based entrepreneurs to expand and compete in global markets, especially investments that expand U.S. exports, encourage foreign direct investment, and promote the repatriation of jobs back to the U.S. Environmentally-Sustainable Development Investments that promote job creation and economic prosperity through projects that enhance environmental quality and develop and implement green products, processes, places, and buildings as part of the green economy. This includes support for energy-efficient green technologies. Economically Distressed and Underserved Communities Investments that strengthen diverse communities that have suffered disproportionate economic job losses and/or are rebuilding to become more competitive in the global economy. 6 Investment Priorities
  32. 32. Our region has realized in order to reach its highest economic competitiveness goals it must invest in connecting historically disconnected communities to their local innovation ecosystems and empowering them to engage and compete in the Innovation Economy. Johnathan Holifield Architect of Inclusive Competitiveness Consultant on the PolicyBridge report (right)
  33. 33. John Thompson, CEO Virtual Instruments Chairman of the Board Microsoft Emmett Carson, Founding CEO Silicon Valley Community Foundation American Innovators IMPACT INVESTING CORPORATE TECHNOLOGY PRESIDENT & COMMANDER in CHIEF United States of America Barack Obama The list of extraordinary value hidden in America’s urban and rural blind spots is long. It’s time we illuminated those blind spots and scaled up investment in the value therein to reap the exponential returns.
  34. 34. How do we empower boys of color? Invest in their Competitive Intelligence Teach them the economic games of the 21st century Expose them to opportunities to expand their interests Highlight competitive innovators who look like them Believe in their creative genius and set high expectations Teach them the vernacular of the Innovation Economy Mentor them, guide them, discipline them, assist them
  35. 35. The Epiphany Workshop will set the stage for scaling up what works in your community, city and region. But to determine the best direction forward, we must be willing to learn the language of the Innovation Economy, and establish a common vision and understanding. That is the goal of EW.
  36. 36. Mike Green Consultant: Innovation Economy, STEM Education, Startups, Capital, Social Media, Digital Innovations Speaker: Keynote, Workshop, Panelist, Conferences, Summits NY Times Leadership Academy 18 years media experience Award-winning journalist & Digital Media Innovations Strategist Columnist: • Oregon Business Magazine • Governing Institute • Huffington Post Co-founder, ScaleUp America Founder, Saving America’s Black Boys Solutions Summits “No discussion about the education of minorities would be complete without speaking with Mike Green.” Dr. Michael Eric Dyson MED Radio Show Jan. 20, 2011 AMERICA
  37. 37. America’s Economic Solution In the 21st Century, all roads lead to Inclusive Competitiveness How will you get there? The Epiphany Workshop is your roadmap to understanding how to get to the destination of economic inclusion and increased regional competitiveness. This workshop is for everyone: educators and students, community and economic developers, business leaders, policymakers, private equity investors. There is no other workshop like this in America that can take an audience from zero knowledge of the Innovation Economy to an ovation- inducing epiphany in which the entire local innovation ecosystem is illuminated clearly.
  38. 38. Let’s get you and your region connected to scale up what works! Contact me today • Why Income Inequality is the Wrong Issue • Cities, Startup Culture and the Neglected Role of our Public Schools • Struggling Cities and the Promise of Inclusive Competitiveness • UNCF, Stanford Produce Historic HBCU Innovation Summit in Silicon Valley • Black America Needs Angels, Not Superman • Mike’s Governing Institute articles • Mike’s Huffington Post articles Speaking (groups small & large) Workshops (half-day / full day) Consulting (call or email for rates) Two scenarios are playing out in your region right now: 1. Educators are preparing students for the future 2. Local leaders are determining the future of the region Neither of these activities are aligned!