Leveraging the Strengths ofour Rural Economies:Lessons from the FrontEd MorrisonPurdue Center for Regional DevelopmentNovember, 2010
First, a thank you to the Purdue Center for Regional Development ...for supporting this work in regional innovationSites of StrategicDoing workshops
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
We are operating in a different world ...a world of networks
We are operating in a different world ...a world of interdependence
We are operating in a different world...a world of uncertainty, beauty and grace
We can collaborate to compete...and move our communities to the next level
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.
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”.
We can work on complex challenges ...togetherVision East, NC alliance of 8 workforce boards in Eastern North Carolina October, 2010
We can imagine ourselves ...as rural innovatorsNational Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts United Kingdom
We can rebuild our civic spaces...to do some complex thinking
We can get serious about civility ...to do some complex thinking
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”
We can embrace diversity ...and recognize its creative value In economicdevelopment, diversity is not a legal mandate, it is a creative imperative
We can embrace creativity ...with new eyes Watermelon Festival:Hope, AR Courtesy of Mark Peterson,University of Arkansas