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Network thinking in a global context

By Liz Nilsen / April 20, 2017 / Comments Off on Network thinking in a global context

We talk about the change from hierarchies to networks in every one of our Strategic Doing presentations. The shift is pervasive, and extends even to governments and criminal activities. Today’s BBC “Newshour” features a conversation with Anne Marie Slaughter about her new book, The Chessboard and the Web: Strategies of Connection in a Networked World. […]

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Open the gift of the Strategic Doing community at our practitioners’ conference

By Liz Nilsen / April 4, 2017 / Comments Off on Open the gift of the Strategic Doing community at our practitioners’ conference

If you’re a Strategic Doing practitioner, make sure to join us at our second annual conference May 15 – 17 in Florence, Alabama. Our hosts at the University of North Alabama will once again roll out the red carpet for us, and we’ll enjoy great conversation and connections. Sessions will include updates on the newest […]

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Linking and leveraging assets – with surprising results

By Liz Nilsen / February 1, 2017 / Comments Off on Linking and leveraging assets – with surprising results

The Purdue Agile Strategy Lab has been working with the engineering outreach initiative of New Mexico State University for the past eight months on a project to help high school teachers in that state integrate career & technical education (CTE) with STEM (science, technology, engineering & math). In most schools these are two quite distinct tracks, […]

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Crafting a Pitch

By Liz Nilsen / January 18, 2017 / Comments Off on Crafting a Pitch

Granite City, Illinois’s economic development director, James Amos, attended a Strategic Doing 301: Leading Complex Collaborations training last summer, and is getting ready to roll out a large initiative inviting the city’s residents to re-imagine and co-create their future. Rather than the usual email invitation, James used video to pitch the event to prospective attendees […]

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Using Strategic Doing to address urban issues

By Liz Nilsen / December 16, 2016 / Comments Off on Using Strategic Doing to address urban issues

The Purdue Agile Strategy Lab team has been working with partners in New Jersey for the past couple of years. The work has included sessions with university partners, business networks, and individual corporations – and local government. In October, one such offering was with leaders in Trenton’s Department of Housing & Economic Development and the local […]

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Starting with your narrative

By Liz Nilsen / December 15, 2016 / Comments Off on Starting with your narrative

In the world of networks, narratives matter. They provide guidance. They convey knowledge. They generate learning. They create coherence. They reflect and spread the positive mindset needed for transformation and resilience. When confronting a complex regional transformation, we often focus first on the regional narrative: The stories people share with each other. This step involves […]

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Working for Rural Vitality in Oregon

By Liz Nilsen / December 12, 2016 / Comments Off on Working for Rural Vitality in Oregon

November saw the Yamhill County Economic Vitality Summit, organized by Rural Development Initiatives (RDI) and held in Newberg. The summit brought together community members, stakeholders, and leaders to identify economic development priorities for the county between now and 2020. Prior to the event, a countywide survey determined top 5 areas of concern: transportation, housing, infrastructure, land use, and workforce and […]

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Using Strategic Doing to spur cluster development

By Liz Nilsen / November 17, 2016 / Comments Off on Using Strategic Doing to spur cluster development

Like attracts like. Success breeds success. Industry clusters are a boon to economic developers because of their magnetic effect on other businesses in the same sector, and the supply chain. But what do you do if you don’t happen to be fortunate to already have a biotech, food processing or aerospace corridor in your community? […]

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Join us in Muscle Shoals!

By Liz Nilsen / November 4, 2016 / Comments Off on Join us in Muscle Shoals!

It’s not too early to mark your calendar for the second annual Strategic Doing practitioners’ conference. Once again, the University of North Alabama will be spoiling us with Southern hospitality, and for those who attended last year, our UNA hosts – thanks to the wizardry of Janyce Fadden and Mary Marshall VanSant – have some […]

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