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COINS 2009 Paper 10-12-09

COINS 2009 Paper 10-12-09

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Prepared by Betsey Merkel, Co-Founder & Director, The Institute for Open Economic Networks (I-Open) for the October 2009 COINs Conference hosted in partnership by Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD), MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, and Wayne State University's School of Engineering.
Prepared by Betsey Merkel, Co-Founder & Director, The Institute for Open Economic Networks (I-Open) for the October 2009 COINs Conference hosted in partnership by Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD), MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, and Wayne State University's School of Engineering.

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Copyright 2009 Betsey Merkel and I-Open. Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution-Noncommercial-No DerivativeWorks. Institute for Open Economic Networks (I-Open) 4415 Euclid Ave 3rd Fl Cleveland, Ohio 44103 USA
1Written by Betsey Merkel, Co-Founder, Director, The Institute for Open Economic Networks (I-Open),4415 Euclid Ave, Suite 301, Cleveland, Ohio 44103, U.S.A., and presented at the COINS 2009Conference, Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD), Savannah, Georgia, USA October 10, 2009“COINS: An Economic Development Tool for Education, and Economic andWorkforce Development in Open Source Economic Development”
Abstract
Communities and their regions have an unprecedented opportunity to integrate higher levels of organization, process and tools to connect legacy assets residing in colleges, universities, and libraries to people and their ideas; to reinvigorate institutions, organizations and government; and to strengthencreativity, collaboration, and communication for innovation and enterprise in education, economic, andworkforce development. This paper begins a discussion of the value collaborative innovation networks(COINS) offer to accelerate and strengthen innovation in Open Source Economic Development (OSED) inthe Civic Space, and to explore the design of an improved model of I-Open Civic Forums, a process drivenapproach to build networks, community, and communications for enterprise collaboration. By collaboratingwith research in the emerging Science of Collaboration, this practical model will strengthen research aswell as individual experience and collaborative behaviours to create new knowledge. With this intelligence,industry innovation, design, and enterprise solutions can more successfully address global issues affecting both social and economic aspects of society today.
 Keywords: Open Source Economic Development; networks; innovation; creativity; enterprise; community;collaboration; education; leadership; knowledge creation; Futuring; Question Science
 
Copyright 2009 Betsey Merkel and I-Open. Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution-Noncommercial-No DerivativeWorks. Institute for Open Economic Networks (I-Open) 4415 Euclid Ave 3rd Fl Cleveland, Ohio 44103 USA
2Figure 1. Pathway to Shared Prosperity
“COINS: An EconomicDevelopment Tool forEducation, andEconomic andWorkforce Developmentin Open SourceEconomic Development”
 begins with the discussionof the strategy, “pathwayto shared prosperity,” acollaborative process tolink people and their ideasto education, economic,and workforcedevelopment. (Figure 1.Pathway to SharedProsperity) Our methodsare based in Open SourceEconomic Development(OSED), a networkedapproach to linking andleveraging innovationwith civic, business,government and academicresources and assets for education, economic, andworkforce development.We view pathways ascollaborative strategiesdesigned fromexperiential learning inthe Civic Space, ademographic that sharescontributions fromleaders in civic, business,academic, and government. Pathway for shared prosperity consists of the following sequence of understandings and activities beginning with, the emergence of the Civic Space; pathway to collaboration;insight and innovation networks; Civic Forums; industry innovation; COINS in the Civic Space; theexperience pathway; collaborative communities; and a Civic Forum network. This paper explores a methodof implementation to integrate a networked platform of Civic Forums, the adoption of COINS, research inthe emerging Science of Collaboration, and the I-Open Civic Forum process, the practice of buildingnetworks and mentoring collaborative leadership for enterprise collaboration, to connect innovation to place-based assets to strengthen local, national, and global sustainability.
 
Copyright 2009 Betsey Merkel and I-Open. Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution-Noncommercial-No DerivativeWorks. Institute for Open Economic Networks (I-Open) 4415 Euclid Ave 3rd Fl Cleveland, Ohio 44103 USA
3Figure 2. Emergence of the Civic Space
 Emergence of theCivic Space
(Figure2. Emergence of theCivic Space)The Civic Spacerefers to everythingoutside the four walls of anyorganization andincludes anyone withinitiative. Itembodies theknowledge andexperience of peoplein civic affairs, businessdevelopment,academic researchand education, andgovernment systemsand infrastructure.Historically, theCivic Space wassimpler and moreorganized than it istoday (see mapinset). Last century profitable industriesgenerously investedin colleges,universities, andlibraries oftencreating wholesystems of buildingsand networks of human capital to build knowledgeassets to assure assets were shared. Today, because of the speed of change, networks are fractured and thereis a lack of social connectivity and collaboration. Organizations responsible for stewarding legacy assetsmay find themselves disconnected from the Civic Space, and burdened by high overhead costs and low foottraffic, functioning as silos unable to provide the level of service and connectivity now required. Added tothis, is a rapid increase in the number of people with talent and creativity who are unemployed,underemployed, or who are with no prospect of work, coping with the pressing affects of poverty. Thisrupture is the disconnection of people and their ideas to hope and prosperity. A One Stop Manager for workforce development and training serving five counties bridging Ohio and Pennsylvania recently said,“We have seen over a 400% increase in demand for services from our One Stop that serves five countiesacross two states in the last six months.” Economist Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economicand Policy Research, stated September 2009, “The unemployment rate hit 9.7 percent in August, up from9.4 percent in July. According to the establishment survey, the economy shed 216,000 jobs in August. Inaddition, the job loss numbers for June and July were revised up by 49,000. This puts the average rate of  job loss over the last three months at 318,000 per month.” The Civic Space is exploding in size. It is richwith the insights and innovations of people who care passionately about issues affecting the communitiesthey live in and the regions they work in. Everyone in the Civic Space has an idea, a solution, and most, a

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