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Adventures in Regional Collaboration: 6 Lessons


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I developed this for a breakfast meeting of Imagination Coast, a regional collaborative seeking to advance an innovation agenda in and around Monterey Bay, CA. The event was held Jan 20, 2011 at the Sustainability Academy in Monterey. A list of resources (also published here) called "Resources on Regions" accompanies it.

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Adventures in Regional Collaboration: 6 Lessons

  2. 2. Why regions? <br />
  3. 3. Our problems lie at the neighborhood, regional and global levels…our problem-solvers work at the local, state, and federal levels. Richard Bradley, Downtown DC <br />
  4. 4. 1. Shared understanding<br />
  5. 5. What are we doing & why? <br />Innovation & entrepreneurship! <br />Growing more grads!<br />Increasing quality of life!<br />Filling up vacant office space!<br />Eliminating graffiti! <br />Creating JOBS!<br />Going solar!<br />
  6. 6. Vehicles for generating “shared understanding”<br />BIG Documents (Insert groan here)<br />Strategic plan<br />Business plan<br />Grant application<br />Comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS, required for EDA grant submission)<br /><br />
  7. 7. More…<br />Theory of Change or Logic Model<br /><br />
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  9. 9. More…<br />A “Compact”(community commitment or public promise and strategy for achieving fulfilling it)<br /><br />
  10. 10. More…<br />Community Indicators (or similar metrics)<br /><br />
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  12. 12. 2. BIG (HAIRY) AMBITIOUS GOALS (& the ability to track them) <br />
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  14. 14. For example…<br />
  15. 15. More…<br />
  16. 16. 3.Flexible, evolving structure<br />Constellation<br />Network<br />Partnership<br />Task Force<br />Collaborative<br />Action Team<br />Unstructured<br />Panel<br />WorkGroup<br />Coordinating Body<br />Committee<br />Organization<br />Board<br />Institution<br />Structured<br />
  17. 17. More smart networks!<br />What do they look like?<br />Core: Different perspectives, trusting relationships<br />Periphery: New ideas & resource<br />What happens in them? <br />People experiment, learn<br />Small projects grow<br />Breakthroughs emerge<br />
  18. 18. 4. Small change(s), aggregated<br /><br />
  19. 19. 5. Narratives (stories)<br />Meaning-making<br />Learning<br />Sharing<br />Inspiring<br />Engaging<br />Documenting<br />(It’s never been easier)<br />
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  21. 21. 6. Trust matters.<br />(It’s the most important ingredient, and any region can cultivate as much as it needs.)<br /><br />
  22. 22. 6 Ingredients that help Regional Collaboratives Succeed<br />Shared understanding of what & why<br />Big, ambitious goals<br />Flexible organizational structures<br />Small, consistent action steps (or pilots)<br />Compelling narratives<br />Trust<br />
  23. 23. Leadership Lessons from a Shirtless Dancing Guy<br />
  24. 24. Closing ideas/opportunities<br />Macrowikinomics meets people2.0<br />Social innovation/entrepreneurship<br />
  25. 25. THANK YOU!<br />KRISTIN WOLFF (@kristinwolff)<br /><br />