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2015 Emerging Issues FORUM:
IEI’s 2015 POST-FORUM PROGRAM OF WORK
UpdateD aug. 31, 2015: IEI’S SUBSTANTIAL POST-FORUM IMPLEMENTATION PROGRESS IS SUMMARIZED HERE.
What are the best ways to build North Carolina’s innovation capacity? Over three thousand North Carolinians actively participated in the 2015 Emerging Issues Forum, Innovation Reconstructed. You wonderfully committed to moving North Carolina from the middle – where we now sit – to the top tier of innovation states.
Forum participants agreed on consensus strategic priorities to boost North Carolina’s innovation capacity: Form public-private leadership groups to drive the development of our innovation ecosystems; widen the innovation circle to include under-represented groups and places; and teach skills and behaviors that promote innovation to students and young adults.
IEI’s ambitious 2015 post-Forum program of work consists of new programs and initiatives responsive to these priorities:
- Innovate NC: A Cross-City Learning Collaborative
IEI is partnering with Forward Communities and other organizations to bring five NC communities beyond the Triangle and Charlotte into active, sustained collaboration focused on enhancing local innovation capacity.
- North Carolina Civic Health Index
Our new study of civic engagement in North Carolina, which emphasizes that high levels of civic engagement boost innovative capacity and economic prosperity, also implies the need to reach out to many demographic subgroups and rural communities. We plan to be all over the state over the next six months sharing the findings and the connections to innovation.
- Thriving Rural Communities
IEI is partnering with the Duke Endowment to help forty rural pastors expand the role of their churches as community anchor institutions by fostering social innovation and social entrepreneurship.
- BB&T Discovery Forums
With generous support from BB&T, IEI will visit six North Carolina communities over the next four months to host fun, upbeat events where diverse young adult innovators and social entrepreneurs share rapid-fire project pitches while forging stronger ties with each other.
- LGFCU Emerging Issues High School Prize for Innovation
Teams of high school students from across the state that channel their creativity and talent to address critical issues affecting North Carolina’s future economic competitiveness and wellbeing. Our grand prize winning team receives $5,000 to put its proposal into motion.
- Summer in the Commons
We’ve set a target of hosting 1,000 youth and young adults this summer in our Emerging Issues Commons for facilitated engagement activities on the innovation issue.
Get involved! Each of these initiatives is designed to offer opportunities for direct engagement, and we invite you to join us. For North Carolina to continue to innovate to enhance our economic competitiveness, we need to work together, learn from each other, and take bold steps forward.
Many of you have already gotten involved:
What’s your own next action step?
Just before we closed the Forum, we asked participants to tell us, “What is the one thing you plan to do when you leave this conference?” We got a tremendous response — you can sample some of these ideas here.
In her March 2015 Newsletter, IEI director Anita Brown-Graham invited innovators across the state to tell us about their work. We’ve plotted responses on the map below. Each pin on the map offers the contributor’s name, location, and summary description of their effort to expand North Carolina’s innovation capacity. [Note: Want to be included? Simply complete this brief survey!] [google_maps id=”7441″]
We thank our sponsors!
The Forum is only possible because of the exceptional generosity of individual, foundation, and corporate suppoters. We extend sincere thanks to all for their investment in a better future for all North Carolinians through enhanced economic competitiveness. Please see the full sponsor roster here.
Archived Forum resources:
We want to be sure you have access to the complete array of Forum resouces, so we’ve archived them below for convenient access:
(1) Watch the Forum presentations
Check out our Forum presentations playlist at our YouTube channel.
(2) Forum tools and resources (most were/are made available via the app):
- Program Book (there’s a flipbook below, or download full pdf). You may want to start by reading the welcome note from our Chair, Jack Cecil, and Director, Anita Brown-Graham. You’ll also enjoy Gov. James B. Hunt, Jr.’s look back at thirty years of Forum history.
- Speaker bios
- Key output from Monday’s (2/9/2015) Innovation Labs (9 ideas): “Your Strategies for Innovation Reconstructed“
- 2015 Forum Focus Groups participants.
- 2015 Forum Working Group members.
- Check out “Venture Capitalists on the Future,” a set of tantalizing predictions designed to spark Monday’s morning’s INNOVATION IN NC: THEN, NOW, AND NEXT panel discussion.
- Watch our new Innovation Reconstruction Imperative video, which summarizes key findings from our new study of what inputs truly drive innovation.
- Read the 2015 North Carolina Civic Health Index to appreciate the critical relationship between civil health and innovation capacity. We released this report on the Forum’s first day during the session CIVIC CONNECTIONS DRIVING THE HEART OF INNOVATION.
- Read Louis G. Tornatzky and Elaine C. Rideout’s University 2.0: Reinventing University Roles in a Knowledge Economy.
- Interested in Forum keynoter Victor Hwang’s analogy comparing the “rainforest” to highly innovative cultures? Check out the related Rainforest Scorecard, which presents a “practical framework for growing innovation potential.”
(3) Info on the Forum app (which remains active indefinitely):
- iPhone and iPad users: search “Emerging Issues” on the Apple App Store, or follow this link.
- Android users: search “Emerging Issues” on the Google Play Store, or follow this link.
- Blackberry, Windows, laptops, others can connect via the web at this link.
Forum Program Book