NEO Excellence Roundtable

08.09.05 Excellence Roundtable Invitation: join OneCleveland CEO Scot Rourke

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Fri, 08/05/2005 - 15:31.
08/09/2005 - 10:30

The Excellence Roundtable is pleased to host OneCleveland/OneNEO CEO Scot Rourke, August 9th at the City Club, for an insightful discussion on the latest developments with his influential initiative bringing ultra-broadband communications and related applications to Northeast Ohio.


City Club - 850 Euclid Ave., 2nd Floor

Cleveland is getting in the zone with innovation

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 08/01/2005 - 10:33.

REALNEO sponsored this NEON artwork, designed by CIA Tech Transfer Director
David Moss and developed by Cleveland's NEON God Dana Patterson, celebrating
Cleveland as a leading zone for innovation in the world.

See the I-Zone work of art and learn more about a new movement for getting
in the zone with innovation in Cleveland at the August 2nd
NEO Excellence Roundtable at the City Club of Cleveland

See more of the work of Dana Patterson at

07.26.05 Excellence Roundtable Invitation

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Tue, 07/26/2005 - 08:41.
07/26/2005 - 10:30

Dear Friend,

Just a quick reminder, there is an excellence roundtable today, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM, at the City Club.

Please stop by to brainstorm on the power of NEO's virtual community, which spans the world and is far underleveraged here at home. The outcome of these discussions will be plans for an excellence roundtable we shall hold in New York, NY, August 11, at Jones Day's offices there. The purpose of extending roundtables beyond Cleveland is to better connect our interests here with the more powerful networks found beyond our physical borders.


City Club

07.19.05 NEO Excellence Roundtable Invitation: Continuing the stories

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Tue, 07/19/2005 - 06:11.
07/19/2005 - 10:30

At the 07.19.05 NEO Excellence Roundtable, we have some major developments to celebrate.

First, the Battle of Whiskey Island is over – the Island will remain a park… Ed Hauser will join us to discuss plans for the future, and the Burning River Festival he’s leading on August 13.

Second, the GCLAC kicked of Lead Awareness Week on 07.18.05, taking proactive steps to prevent lead poisoning of residents of Greater Cleveland – the most important pro-education, pro-quality of life initiative in the history of NEO.

What else do you and the people of NEO have to celebrate?


City Club - 850 Euclid Ave., 2nd Floor

Sophisticated, informed, and intelligent activism by Ed Hauser clearly made a difference for all

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sat, 07/16/2005 - 16:55.

Ed Hauser once spent his time insuring the Flats was industrially sustainable, being a computer programmer for LTV. Then, a fortunate thing happened for Cleveland - LTV went bankrupt and Ed found a higher purpose for his life. He moved his loyalty and attention a mile or so up-river to where the Cuyahoga River meets Lake Erie at a parcel of land called Whiskey Island. Since discovering that urban oasis, Ed has dedicated his time and talent to insuring Cleveland is ecologically sustainable and a quality place for current and future residents and visitors by fighting to preserve Whiskey Island as a free and open natural park for all citizens to enjoy.

07.12.05 Excellence Roundtable invitation: creating corporate partnerships for community enhancement

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Fri, 07/08/2005 - 11:34.
07/12/2005 - 10:30

With the recent contributions by Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff of 10 laptops and by Progressive Insurance of 75 Pentium II CPUs for donation to those in need of help across the digital divide in East Cleveland, we have tangible evidence corporations may make a positive contribution to people's lives in NEO. Along the same lines of thought, at the last NEO Excellence Roundtable, participants interested in making NEO the world's most empowering learning community discussed the value corporations have had in supporting schools and even individual classrooms.


City Club - 850 Euclid Ave., 2nd Floor

07.05.05 Excellence Roundtable NOTES: celebrating successes and pursuing more for the region

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Thu, 07/07/2005 - 13:53.

The July 5th NEO Excellence Roundtable attracted a most diverse and remarkable group of participants and our discussions were bright and impactful.

07.05.05 Excellence Roundtable - celebrate independence and freedom

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Tue, 07/05/2005 - 02:07.
07/05/2005 - 10:30

I hope you had a great 4th of July. At today's NEO Excellence Roundtable, we'll celebrate independence and freedom - core concepts of entrepreneurship, the new economy and the Roundtable.


City Club - 850 Euclid Ave., 2nd Fl.

06.28.05 NEO Excellence Roundtable Invitation

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Tue, 06/28/2005 - 06:53.
06/28/2005 - 10:30

Big news and developments to discuss this week at the NEO Excellence Roundtable.

After working in academe innovating the Case Center for Regional Economic Issues, Ed Morrison returns to the private sector to lead Open Source Economic Development (OSED) for this region and the world, his way. Join Ed at the Excellence Roundtable as we explore next steps with him. As so many of us are building our community development plans around Ed's framework, today's Roundtable is where the planning continues.


City Club - 850 Euclid Ave., 2nd Fl.

Thoughts on bashboards, civic engagement, NEO and the New Economy

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sun, 06/26/2005 - 01:21.

In a recent article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, posted to the NEO Excellence community, business editor Paul O'Donnell wrote "I really didn't need Forbes magazine to tell me that Cleveland ranks 113th out of 150 metropolitan areas for best places to jump-start a business or career". Based on Forbes' analysis of our assets, O'Donnell observed one would conclude "the region is predominantly populated by reasonably educated engineers who spend discretionary income on the arts or sports, who work at companies that pay well but aren't hiring, and who live in safe neighborhoods filled almost exclusively with native Northeast Ohioans."

06.21.05: Excellence Roundtable to focus on holistic lifelong learning community, through Gen-X, to elders

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Thu, 06/16/2005 - 16:23.
06/21/2005 - 10:30

Plan to join in the discussions at the Tuesday, June 21, NEO Excellence Roundtable at the City Club of Cleveland as we advance innovative open source pursuits for holistic economic development in Northeast Ohio, including:


City Club

NEO Excellence Roundtable

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sun, 06/12/2005 - 23:11.

Please join the NEO Excellence Roundtable for inclusive dialogue and pursuits to optimize the brainpower, quality places and innovation networks of Northeast Ohio. The Roundtable meets 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM each Tuesday for discussions and lunch at the City Club of Cleveland - related content posts here and at a virtual community for the collaboration at

You are invited to visit the NEO Excellence Roundtable, and join us for lunch Tuesdays at the City Club

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sun, 05/08/2005 - 14:01.

About the NEO Excellence Roundtable: an ad hoc group of people who care about Northeast Ohio are collaborating to make
NEO the world leader in social computing and openly
strategizing on how NEO as a region may achieve world-class status -
we are establishing benchmarks for success and taking action in pursuit
of measurable outcomes. Current pursuits include bridging the
digital divide in East Cleveland, deploying the optimal social
network for Northeast Ohio, and expanding understanding of the issues surrounding Whiskey Island.

In the interest of supporting open collaboration, we've established a virtual Community Of Interest Link (COIL) called NEO Excellence - please visit at To access the community, you must
create an account using the link found at the home page - or, if you
have an account at another REALinks site... like here at REALNEO... you may log-in with your
username from that site, followed by @ that site's URL (e.g. your username [at] realneo [dot] us), and then enter your password from that site.

East Cleveland Community Theater: Bringing one of East Cleveland's Gems into the 21st Century

Submitted by Evelyn Kiefer on Wed, 04/20/2005 - 16:29.

Wednesday April 20thmembers of REALNEO and other supporters of East Cleveland visited the East Cleveland Community Theater. ECT is situated in the heart of an exciting revival going on in East Cleveland. Executive Director Theresa Tucker spoke to the group and gave a tour of the building. She is filled with passion for ECT and does much more than just fund raising and program development.


Our meeting was part of a grass roots public initiative to optimize virtual community and bridge the digital divide in East Cleveland, for invidiatual residents and worthy organizations like ECT - read more about these efforts at the East Cleveland virtual community here. Theresa was excited to hear how ECT can benefit from new and innovative community partnerships and long needed access to Internet technology.