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”
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