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& Design The City of Dalton, Georgia has a problem: it’s been very successful. Unlike hundreds of Southern Mill towns founded in the 19th Century Dalton re-invented itself through the skillful application of new technology as a hub for an estimated 90% of US and 60% of the world's carpet and floor covering. Known as the “Carpet Capital of the World”, Dalton has enjoyed phenomenal growth which has brought decades of prosperity to the city. The end of the long U.S. housing boom and consequent impact on the carpet and flooring companies that have been the mainstay of the Dalton’s economy has marked the end of an era for the community and signaled the need for change. In the wake of the downturn Dalton has been left with a series of interrelated problems: decreased revenues from downsized industries, a large population of unemployed low-skill workers, an exodus of midlevel professionals, and urban blight in the form of unused commercial and industrial properties. The purpose of this paper is to establish a frame of research that focuses on the role of social networks in Dalton’s past, present, and future. “The Carpet Capital” is not just a bogus claim; how did their networks allow this? What is the role of existing social networks in determining the next steps for the city? Initial ethnographic research has uncovered multiple stakeholder networks within Dalton. How might they influence the design and implementation of plans to move the city towards a shared vision for the future? Keywords: social networks, ethnographic inquiry; historic analysis Download copies of COINs 2009 research and industry papers at ScienceDirect. Link: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/issue/59087-2010-9999799952182758
Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, Volume 2, Issue 4, The 1st Collaborative Innovation Networks Conference - COINs2009. Edited by Kenneth Riopelle, Peter Gloor, Christine Miller and Julia Gluesing. Connect to the COINs 2010 Conference community across these media platforms: o COINs 2010 http://www.coins2010.com o Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/SavannahGA/Collaborative-Innovation-Networks-COINS2010Conference/102489653133049 o Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/coinsconference/ o Livestream http://www.livestream.com/coinsconference o Scribd http://www.scribd.com/SwarmCreativity o Slideshare http://www.slideshare.net/IOpen2 o Twitter http://twitter.com/coins_2010 o Hashtag #COINS2010 o Vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/user4147060 o You Tube http://www.youtube.com/coinsconference The COINs 2010 conference, Oct. 7–9, 2010, is presented by I-Open and the COINs Collaborative, an initiative of the Savannah College of Art and Design, Wayne State University College of Engineering Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Collective Intelligence. The collaborative builds open knowledge networks to advance the emerging science of collaboration for research and industry competitive advantage. Hosted by SCAD. For more information about the COINs 2010 conference, visit www.coins2010.com.