What happens when Incentives go bad?

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The debate over the value of incentives continues to rage in economic development circles. A lot of very serious people believe that the only way to attract much needed investment to lesser industrialized communities. For those tasked with supporting sustainability, you and your peers have to ask what happens if the company that your community …

Not All Networks are Strategic Networks

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Chances are you can’t open your email without seeing a number of offers to help get more followers or more likes or more friends. If that doesn’t turn you off then you can also learn how to improve your Klout Score. For those tasked with supporting sustainability, you must consider how best to distinguish between …

Strategic Networks as Platforms for Sustainability

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Authors are encouraged to build platforms to support their books sales and other artistic endeavors. Entrepreneurs are told by a lot of very serious people to develop platforms in order to raise funds through crowdfunding. For those tasked with supporting sustainability, you may want to consider using strategic networks as platforms for building awareness for …

How to use Natural Groups to build Strong Strategic Networks

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Very serious people will ask you about how you will determine who to recruit for your strategic network. While the question may seem nitpicky at first, it is to be expected from people who are goal oriented. For those tasked with supporting sustainability, a good book to read is Tribal Leadership by Dave Logan, John …

Why Strategic Networks are best way to leverage Internet

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A lot of very serious people are now starting to talk about how best to leverage the Internet for economic development. Unfortunately, they are approaching the conversation from an entrepreneur’s point of view not from an economic developer’s point of view. Even though, the real challenge is not relationship efficiency. It is how to rapidly …

Why Strategic Networks are better than Divestiture

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The first rule of economic sustainability is don’t penalize economic activity. This is important because a lot of very serious people will see divestiture of assets solely on the basis of corporate social responsibility (i.e. sustainability) as an example of penalizing economic activity. A better solution would be to develop more sustainable strategic options. If …

What’s needed in This Year’s State of the Union

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Every year, modern Presidents have given speeches that outline where they want to take the country in the coming year and for the rest of their term. This speech is called the State of Union and President Barack Obama will give this year’s speech tomorrow. Previews of the speech suggest that the President will layout …

What is the Biggest Strategic Uncertainty for Lesser Industrialized Communities

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While a lot of very serious people are shocked by the drop in Gross Domestic Product (GDP), few have shown as much concern about the biggest strategic uncertainty for Lesser Industrialized Communities. As those tasked with supporting sustainability know, peak oil represents a much bigger strategic uncertainty than the GDP number because the acknowledgement will …

Shifting DOD spend to building Strategic Networks

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A lot of very serious people were upset by the announcement of the falling Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Many of them were even more concerned when they learned that the reason for the decline was a reduction in spending by the DOD. This troubled a lot of them because they believe that the Great Depression …

How Strategic Networks empower the Maker Movement

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A lot of very serious people are saying that technology has become the greatest threat to decreasing the jobless rate. Many point to the continuous cycle of layoffs that get reported on morning talk shows. In response, some are looking at the Maker Movement as a source of jobs growth. For those tasked with supporting …