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I-Open Civic Forums Strengthen Entrepreneurship & Accelerate Business Dev in Network Economies

I-Open Civic Forums Strengthen Entrepreneurship & Accelerate Business Dev in Network Economies

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A backgrounder describing activities and history of the Institute for Open Economic Networks (I-Open), 4415 Euclid Ave Suite 306, Cleveland, Ohio 44103 Phone: 216-220-0172 Web: http://i-open-2.strategy-nets.net.

I-OPEN is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit educational economic development organization based in Northeast Ohio with a national and global reach. I-Open is a learning sharing organization engaged in the ongoing experimentation of new practices and tools in Open Source Economic Development (OSED) to advance transformative enterprise positively affecting education, economic, and workforce development in communities and their regions. To fulfill its purpose, I-Open conducts programs, which may include, for example: community forums and seminars on Open Source Economic Development; discussions in economic development; and student internships. Strategic activities focus on research, networks, enterprise, and education.
A backgrounder describing activities and history of the Institute for Open Economic Networks (I-Open), 4415 Euclid Ave Suite 306, Cleveland, Ohio 44103 Phone: 216-220-0172 Web: http://i-open-2.strategy-nets.net.

I-OPEN is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit educational economic development organization based in Northeast Ohio with a national and global reach. I-Open is a learning sharing organization engaged in the ongoing experimentation of new practices and tools in Open Source Economic Development (OSED) to advance transformative enterprise positively affecting education, economic, and workforce development in communities and their regions. To fulfill its purpose, I-Open conducts programs, which may include, for example: community forums and seminars on Open Source Economic Development; discussions in economic development; and student internships. Strategic activities focus on research, networks, enterprise, and education.

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Copyright 2010 Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License
The Institute for Open Economic Networks (I-Open)
4415 Euclid Ave Suite 306, Cleveland, Ohio 44103 Phone: 216-220-0172 Web:
https://sites.google.com/site/instituteopeneconomicnetworks/

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Civic Forums Strengthen Entrepreneurship
And Accelerate Business Development in Network Economies
I-Open is a networked educational resource
For individuals, communities, and their regions
2010
Compiled and written by Betsey Merkel, Co-Founder and Director,
The Institute for Open Economic Networks (I-Open)

Copyright 2010 Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License
The Institute for Open Economic Networks (I-Open)
4415 Euclid Ave Suite 306, Cleveland, Ohio 44103 Phone: 216-220-0172 Web:
https://sites.google.com/site/instituteopeneconomicnetworks/

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Contents
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I-Open is an Educational Resource -- Page 3
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Civic Forums for Civic Engagement -- Page 3
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Civic Forums Focus Industry Investments -- Page 4
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Civic Forums Build Civic Networks -- Page 4
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I-Open Shares Civic Insights and Innovations – Page 4
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I-Open Communications Advance Knowledge – Page 5
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I-Open Loosens Up Innovation -- Page 6
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Examples of I-Open Civic Forums – Page 6
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About I-Open -- Page 7
Business Model – Page 8
Principles -- Page 8
Vision – Page 8
Mission – Page 9
Organizational Model – Page 9
Strategic Activities – Page 9
Evaluation -- Page 9
Thought Leader and Practitioner Networks – Page 10
Network Feedback -- Page 10
Support for I-Open – Page 11
APPENDIX A
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The Legacy of the Center for Regional Economic Issues (REI) -- Page 12
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REI Successes -- Page 13
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Community Support for REI – Page 14
APPENDIX B
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Lexicon -- Page 15
APPENDIX C
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References -- Page 18
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Biographical and Contact Information – Page 22

Copyright 2010 Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License
The Institute for Open Economic Networks (I-Open)
4415 Euclid Ave Suite 306, Cleveland, Ohio 44103 Phone: 216-220-0172 Web:
https://sites.google.com/site/instituteopeneconomicnetworks/

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I-Open is an Educational Resource

The Institute for Open Economic Networks (I-Open) is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit educational economic development organization based in Northeast Ohio with a national and global reach. I-Open coaches, mentors, and trains individuals and organizations how to advance innovation and enterprise in Open Source Economic Development (OSED) focused on their area of expertise.

I-Open process is a pragmatic system of convening, communicating, and
collaborating to build civic networks for enterprise development, which includes,
I-Open Civic Forums to connect industry leaders in new conversations
focused on information sharing and collaboration;

I-Open communications that feature the insights and innovations of civic leaders through the lens of the Innovation Framework - a heuristic model for investment in OSED; and

Coaching civic leaders in developing habits of “Strategic Doing” – a
simple, disciplined process to move ideas to action quickly.

I-Open process improves the collective brainpower of entrepreneurs and the quantity and quality of transformative contributions to regional business development.

Civic Forums for Civic Engagement

Since August 2005, I-Open has led civic forums in partnership with Northeast Ohio organizations, universities and colleges, businesses, and government to accelerate information sharing and collaboration for business development.

From September 2006 through July 2009, I-Open Co-Founders and Directors, Susan Altshuler, Dennis Coughlin, and Betsey Merkel, hosted forty-six face-to- face conversations in collaboration with leaders in education, government, business and civic organizations to address timely global issues affecting Ohio communities. George Nemeth and Gloria Ferris of Meet The Blogger’s, a Northeast Ohio based network of leaders experienced in guiding conversations focusing on civic journalism, advocacy, democracy, and government process, led many of the conversations in collaboration with I-Open.

Civic Forums teach “Strategic Doing”, designed by Ed Morrison and developed in
partnership with I-Open. Ed is Co-Founder and past Director of I-Open.

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