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Our Civic Economy | Seeing Our Economy in New Ways

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For nearly 30 years, our political dialogue has been caught in an ideological trap. Narrow economic thinking has led us to conclude that our economy consists of two major, opposing components: the private sector and the public sector.

We can think more clearly about our opportunities if we characterize our economy differently. This graphic explains how our market economy in our civic economy intersect. Along this porous boundary, we find a new opportunities for prosperity.

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Our Civic Economy | Seeing Our Economy in New Ways

  1. 1. Seeing our economy in new ways… The interdependence of our market economy and our civic economy opens the doors to new opportunities. Shared Value Perspective Collective Impact Perspective Our Civic Economy Our Market Economy Various terms have emerged to describe connections that could improve the performance of both our Civic and Market Economies. Zone Leverage of Prime Link and Value Our Civic Economy includes activities and investments that are publicly valuable but not privately pro!table. Examples include our court system, infrastructure, education, libraries, health systems, public safety and environmental protection. Our Market Economy includes activities and investments that are publicly valuable and privately pro!table. Our market economy functions well, because we have a strong civic economy to support it. The Industrial Commons Perspective, has emerged to describe collaborations to improve manufacturing competitiveness. The Collective Impact Perspective views collaborative opportunities as seen from actors in our Civic Economy. Link and Leverage Value represents collaborative opportunities to link, leverage and align assets across our Market and Civic Economies. Strategic Doing accelerates the formation of these collaborations. The Problem: Our policy debates are stuck in a highly ideological framework, pitting the private sector against the government. The Opportunity: By transcending these rigid categories, we can view our economy di"erently. Our economy consists of both a Market Economy and a Civic Economy. In a strong democracy, they work together to produce prosperity. Industrial Commons Perspective The Shared Value Perspective represents collaborative opportunities as seen from actors in our Market Economy. Strategic Doing provides a reliable approach for designing and guiding complex collaborations to link, leverage and align assets across our Civic and Market Economies. It consists of simple rules to form collaborations quickly, move them toward measurable outcomes, and make adjustments along the way. Communities and regions can easily establish civic spaces for strategic collaborations to form and grow. These spaces are governed by simple rules of civility which enable complex thinking to take place. Strategic Doing leads to replicable, scalable, and sustainable collaborations. Learn more about Strategic Doing at strategic doing.net

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