Making Change represents a new approach to economic development in Northeast Ohio. We are building an "open source" model for economic development that combines both public participation and leadership direction.
We need to develop this appproach because the old "top down" formulas no longer work very well.
Figuring out how to build a new, more collaborative approach to economic transformation is not easy, but we have a number of civic entrepreneurs engaged in the design process. We are building "communities of practice" around specific initiatives: creating a more dynamic "creative industries" cluster, for example.
We are conducting meetings and forums to engage different communities around specific actions that we can take to accelerate economic transforamtion in our region.
We are designing open source, collaborative tools, so that people can work on civic projects between meetings and get stuff done.
We are publishing weblogs, so that people can keep up to date in their particular area of interest. (You can see a current list of weblogs in the left margin.)
And we are defining important "pilot projects" that can lead our regional economic transformation.