In the Stanford Social Innovation Review (Winter 2011), John Kania and Mark Kramer wrote, "Large-scale social change requires broad cross-section coordination, yet the social sector remains focused on the isolated interventions of individual organizations."
The solution to this challenge, according to Kania and Kramer, is collective impact: the art and science of broad community engagement leading to a more powerful shared vision, action plan and support for implementation and execution.
Our Organizing resources will help you bring together the key players in your community to assess opportunity, develop an entrepreneurship strategy, implement a game plan and sustain your efforts over time.
To get started, download the following resource:
For resources referenced in our book:
Identifying your starting point (p. 23)
Examples of Pathway Resources (p. 68)
Examples of Retail Resources (p. 69)
Stakeholder mapping tool (p. 90)
Development goals tool (p. 114)
Sample funding map (p. 181)
Sources of external resources (p. 183)
Sample inter-local agreement (p. 184)
Building field of interest funds (p. 186)
Straight Talk with Nicole Sedlacek (p. 189)
The full Organizing package includes...
Organizing for Action Guide
Getting Started Checklist
Entrepreneurial Community Survey
Initiative Expectations Survey
Accelerating E Communities in Kansas
Recorded Webinar & Slides
Leaders are Key
Kansas Case Study
Stakeholders & Sustainability Guide
Add On e2U Resources
If you find you need more customized assistance, there are many ways we can help you explore entrepreneur-focused development with your community and test their support for moving forward with assessment and strategy development. To learn more about any of the components of this resource suite, contact Don Macke.
We are happy to do one or two free, quick phone consultations where you share your situation and we provide insights into how you might move your community closer to exploring entrepreneurship as a development game plan.
We can do a quick assessment of your community, relying on secondary data analysis and a series of conference calls or webinars with the community team. These assessments are reasonably priced based on the extent of the engagement.
Webinars are an affordable yet, effective way for us to engage with your community and for you to energize your stakeholders.
Keynote presentations can often get a spark going to motivate community stakeholders to get serious about entrepreneur-focused economic development. We have many resources to call upon within our own team and our national network to help you meet your needs.
Workshops & Institutes
You may find that the excitement generated by a presentation or webinar leaves you wanting to learn more, and we can design a workshop to meet your needs. Over the years, thousands of development practitioners have participated in our e2 Institutes designed to help you and a community team jump-start an action plan. If you work at a multi-county or state level, you might find the e2 Institute to be a great tool.
Senior members of the Entrepreneurial Communities team can work with a limited number of mentees each year, providing customized coaching and support as you design your community's game plan.
Website & Our e2 Book
Join the thousands of people who regularly visit and use the resources at www.energizingentrepreneurs.org to support their development efforts. You will also get a great overview by purchasing our new book, Energizing Entrepreneurial Communities: A Pathway to Prosperity.