Where has Strategic Doing worked?
- We used Strategic Doing in a 14 country region in North Central Indiana to develop a wide range of workforce development innovations, many of which are thriving.
- The National Science Foundation now supports a STEM initiative, teaching STEM skills by building an electric guitar;
- The first national certification for Green Collar workers;
- Advancing Manufacturing is collaboration in our back yard of Lafayette that relies on Strategic Doing to fill manufacturing job shortages — this model is now being replicated in other regions;
- Medora, IN is a great example of a small rural community that re-imagined its possibilities using SD all based on an Strategic Doing session. It’s now home to the National Maple Syrup Festival and the Sweet Victory Bakeoff — it’s growing so fast that this year, they decided to take a hiatus to figure out their next steps;
- In Milwaukee, the region built a globally competitive water cluster, starting with an initial Strategic Doing workshop in July 2009;
- Brevard County, FL turned to Strategic Doing to assist them in adjusting to the massive layoffs from the shutdown of the Shuttle program– out of these collaboration, a new cluster in clean energy emerged;
- Arizona State University used Strategic Doing to organize its statewide solar summit and a set of collaborative initiatives;
- In Rockford, IL, the mayor asked us to form a collaboration of all the non-profit organizations to develop a strategy for community development across the city. The result is EDEEN and a collaboration using Strategic Doing principles (Download their master agreement here;
- In Seward and Soldotna, Alaska, both cities are using Strategic Doing to guide their development strategies, supported by the University of Alaska. In Fairbanks, they are using the discipline to develop their regional food system.
- In Flint, MI, our colleague at Michigan State University has led a core team to rebuild inner city neighborhoods, a remarkable accomplishment. You can download Bob’s story in a slide presentation here;
- In Shreveport, LA, Community Renewal International is integrating Strategic Doing into its work rebuilding inner city neighborhoods; one of our design team, Kim Mitchell, is leading this work.
- We have used Strategic Doing within Purdue to help academic departments both merge (Department of Technology Leadership and Innovation) and re-align (Department of Food Science).
- We are using Strategic Doing later this month to develop strategic action plans for each of 12 universities that are redesigning their undergraduate engineering education.
How did Strategic Doing develop?
- Kentucky.— For a number of years, the KY Cabinet for Economic Development retained me to head up small teams of KY development professionals to assist distressed counties. In a little over a day, we figured out how to design quick strategies to get these communities moving. In assessing our progress, the Cabinet reported to me that in 18 of 22 counties, they found measurable progress 6 months after our initial visit.
- Oklahoma City.— A small group of civic leaders worked with me to develop a a more agile, action-oriented approach to economic development strategy. We started our work together in 1994. I continued working with OKC for the next seven years, as we refined this process. OKC is now a leading example of regeneration through collaboration.
- Charleston Digital Corridor.— Working with a single city employee, Ernest Andrade, I helped Ernest design a sophisticated strategy for creating an innovation ecosystem, the Charleston Digital Corridor.
How does Strategic Doing work?
With Strategic Doing, we are cracking the code — discovering the simple rules — that unlocks sophisticated collaboration in our civic economy.
What explains the growing popularity of Strategic Doing?
- It’s understandable — people quickly see how they can move ideas into action;
- The practice is deeply tied to a set of values embedded in our Strategic Doing Credo;
- People just have fun
How do we learn more?