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W C P N Regionalism Slides


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Interview on WCPN Radio regarding regionalism in Northeast Ohio

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W C P N Regionalism Slides

  1. 1. WCPN The Sound of Ideas: Reflections on Regionalism in Northeast Ohio An Interview with Ed Morrison Purdue Center for Regional Development December 31, 2007
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  4. 4. Regions are responding to globalization pressures by developing stronger alliances to compete
  5. 5. Building regional innovation is becoming the centerpiece of national economic development policy 5
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  8. 8. The Cleveland+ Brand is not on most regional web sites 8
  9. 9. The Detroit region is moving quickly on its strategy 9
  10. 10. Field trips are a common practice for civic leaders involved in regional economic development 10
  11. 11. Northeast Ohio missed the opportunity to participate in WIRED -- One of the most innovative federal programs in the last 20 years 11
  12. 12. Bricktown is one initiative in a series of initiatives that Oklahoma City has been deploying for the past ten years... The initiatives are anchored by metrics 12
  13. 13. Regions that innovate in brainpower will have the inside track in building prosperity 13
  14. 14. The educational attainment is a key driver of regional prosperity 14
  15. 15. Educational attainment is a key driver of incomes, but there is little focus on this issue in NEO 15
  16. 16. Regional Strategies are about Alignment and a Continuous Discipline of “Strategic Doing”: Converting transformative ideas into action quickly Innovative Businesses Strategic Doing in a Nutshell Strategic Doing is a discipline. Here are the steps: Collaboration leads to Strategic Doing is a civic discipline to guide open innovation innovation: Converting Brainpower Innovation 1. Exploring our assets to find new fresh ideas into Develop ideas about what we opportunities; something valuable. 21 Century Talent Entrepreneurship can do together 2. Focusing on one opportunity at a time and Innovation improves our defining as clearly as possible the quot;strategic productivity and our Find outcomesquot; we want. prosperity. 3. Launching new initiatives by aligning our resources with quot;link and leveragequot; strategies; and Evaluations Insights 4. Learning what works by executing and measuring what happens. The discipline of strategic doing seems simple, Choose Execute and but it's hard. We are collaborating with people Learn Focus what we will measure outside our organization. No one can tell anyone Dynamic Clusters do results else what to do. We are only together in face-to- Creative People face meetings for a short time. We must learn to use Web tools for on-line collaboration to keep organized and focused. Leadership is a shared Initiatives Action Plans responsibility, distributed within the group. Civic Collaboration “If your actions inspire others to dream Launch more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” Identify and align resources to John Quincy Adams specific initiatives With strategic planning, the process is Here's one of the key often controlled by a handful of people. If properties of networks: the process is weak, the commitment to As the number of implementation withers quickly. trusted relatioships increases, the value of Networked approaches to strategy are the network goes up more fluid, adaptive and flexible. They exponentially. More Quality, combine open participation and leadership opportunities arise direction. with stronger Connected Branding networks. Companies The goal is to articulate a clear direction like Google have built Places Experiences and then to define initiatives that align their business model with this direction. Leadership keeps on this basic principle. people focused and the process open. Thick, trusted networks evolve that are Strategic Doing helps strategic. They help us learn faster, make us build our networks. decisions faster, and act faster. Source: Ed Morrison, Purdue Center for Regional Development and I-Open (, Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution License; Engaging Spaces 16
  17. 17. A Suggested Agenda for Civic Leaders 1. Learn what other regions are doing...take regular field trips with big delegations 2. Focus on education innovation and educational attainment 3. Create innovation zones around our colleges and universities in our multiple downtowns 17
  18. 18. Accelerate the development of innovation zones around our colleges and universities 18
  19. 19. Questions? Contact Ed Morrison at Learn more about what other regions are doing by reading the EDPro Weblog: 19