Monthly Archives: September 2011

Set Crowdfunding Free!!!

The rise of crowdfunding has been one of the most exciting and interesting innovations in the world of entrepreneurship over the past decade.  Through websites like Prosper.com, Kickstarter, and Kiva, business owners, social entrepreneurs, artists can go on-line to raise small … Continue reading

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Regional Innovation Models from Kansas and Maine

In a popular study of the 1980s, David Osborne, the policy guru behind the “Reinventing Government” movement, referred to US states as “laboratories of democracy.”  While our Federalist system is quite messy, it does help promote and encourage interesting experiments … Continue reading

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Coworking in Rural America

As regular readers of this blog know, I’m a huge fan of community development strategies that use coworking and cowork spaces as a way to help local residents build stronger networks and better businesses.   To date, most coworking spaces have … Continue reading

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Benchmarking Manufacturing Extension Programs

Earlier this week, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) released a new study that benchmarks the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) in relation to similar programs in six other developed economies.  The study, International Benchmarking … Continue reading

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The Progress Principle: Why Small Wins Matter

A new book, The Progress Principle:  Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work, by Theresa M. Amabile and Steven J. Kramer, contains a loads of useful insights for anyone involved in a community buiding or economic … Continue reading

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The Geography of Growth

Britain’s NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) has produced yet another fascinating study that assesses the UK’s innovation economy.   The Geography of Growth analysis maps the geographical location of the UK’s high growth firms from 2002-2010.  While that data focus on the … Continue reading

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Roanoke-Blacksburg Innovation Blueprint

On Wednesday, I was in Roanoke, VA for the official unveiling of the Roanoke-Blacksburg Innovation Blueprint project, an effort to build a more innovative and entrepeneurial region in the Roanoke-Blacksburg area of southwest Virginia.   The region has some great foundations … Continue reading

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