Presentation on theme: "From Talking to Strategic Doing: Open Participation Concepts drawn liberally from i-Open."— Presentation transcript:
From Talking to Strategic Doing: Open Participation Concepts drawn liberally from i-Open
16 counties – 7,125 square miles Population – 4.1 million Size of Economy - $170 billion Employment – 2.1 million NEO Average Annual Wage - $33,200 OUR REGION Major Industries: Metalworking; plastic products and chemicals; agribusiness; health care; manufacturing; insurance; biomedical; instrumentation, controls and electronics Northeast Ohio By the Numbers
Journey To Today 2004 – Fund for Our Economic Future established and regional activity propelled – Voices & Choices – 20,000 Citizens – Council of Economic Policy Advisors – Dashboard of Economic Indicators
The Dashboard: Our Region’s Economic Performance
The dotted line marks the boundary of influence of the business community: Economic Development takes place in the CIVIC SPACE Illustrative Example CivicSpaceCivicSpace CivicSpaceCivicSpace Business Community
Relevance of the Civic Space Economic Development takes place in the civic space Many economic development functions take place outside of the sphere of chambers of commerce / business community Civic space is fragmented There is no agreed upon hierarchy in civic space
Civic Space: The Truth Within the civic space, nobody can tell anybody else what to do. The mayor cannot tell the chamber what to do. The chamber cannot speak for every businessman or woman. The city council cannot tell the superintendant what to do. The University President cannot tell the WIB what to do….there is no hierarchy in the civic space.
NEO Civic Space Foundations Policy Leaders K-12 Citizens Prof. groups Med Size CEOS alliances Social service Big Co. CEOS Federal Electeds State Electeds Academia The Fund Minority leaders Civic entrepreneurs Block groups cdcs Local elected Self employed Wealthy people Fund Grantees Big Chambers P-16 workforce Religious leaders Land Conservation Land Conservation
Economic Culture Change: Yesterday’s Ways are gone Command and Control mentality dominated business culture Civic space organized in hierarchy that mirrored hierarchical business models Click here for short video: Coal MinersCoal Miners
Economic Culture Change: Today & Tomorrow’s Way Civic Space built upon networks Openness, collaboration key to success Technology facilitates rapid change and human interaction Click here for short video: The Human Network Click here for short video: The Human Network
Networks At Work Competitive economies have strong networks in the civic space Strong networks are built upon trust Trust emerges when people work together and share information and resources Networks have strong and weak ties – Strong ties: get things done – Weak ties: learning and innovation Healthy networks have a strong core and porous boundaries allowing new people and thoughts in easily Within a network people play different roles
Advance Northeast Ohio Advance Northeast Ohio Growth through Racial and Economic Inclusion Government Collaboration & Efficiency How will Northeast Ohio develop the will, skill and tools to foster Regional Collaboration? How will Northeast Ohio align the region’s plan with the network-driven civic space?
Business Growth and Attraction Advance Northeast Ohio Advance Northeast Ohio Talent Development Growth through Racial and Economic Inclusion Government Collaboration & Efficiency Networks will assure alignment with sub-regional strategies and plans Networks will develop Strategic Outcomes Networks need to be built, fostered and strengthened to enable success
NEO Civic Space is Fragmented Foundations K-12 Citizens Prof. groups Med Size CEOS alliances Social service Big Co. CEOS Federal Electeds State Electeds Academia The Fund Minority leaders Civic entrepreneurs Block groups cdcs Local elected Self employed Wealthy people Fund Grantees Big Chambers P-16 workforce Religious leaders Land Conservation Land Conservation Policy Leaders Policy Leaders
Building Networks Required: NEO Civic Space Fragmented Based on Hierarchy Funders, Business Community and Elected Officials Civic Space
Top Down or Bottom Up?
Effective Strategies Requires Open Participation and Leadership Direction Voices & Choices Historical Leadership Process Chaos ApathyClosed door decision making Effective Strategies Leadership Direction
Employers Elected Officials Community Groups Citizens Racial & Economic Inclusion Funders Government Collaboration & Efficiency Business Growth & Attraction Talent Development
Alignment Regional County Municipal Local Alignment is achieved when there is clarity how local, municipal, county and regional plans correlate to one another. Defining Regional Strategic Outcomes will come only after alignment exists across the Region
Open Participation: What’s Next Convening: people to facilitate defining regional strategic outcomes and to catalyze strategic doing Aligning: emerging and existing initiatives with Advance Northeast Ohio Building: a state-of-the-art, region-wide learning and collaboration framework and tool box to allow for more informed and efficient decision-making Sharing: relevant, fact and data-driven information to enable citizens and leaders in all sectors to act regionally Engaging: Northeast Ohio citizens in strategic initiatives aligned Advance Northeast Ohio Representing: Citizen’s voice at the table with business, government, education and philanthropic leaders