I-Open Education and Leadership Retreat Dec 3-5, 2008

Submitted by Betsey Merkel on Tue, 09/30/2008 - 23:43.



I-Open Leadership Retreat Shares New Practices and Tools for Community and Regional Economic Transformation

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A Two-Day Workshop at,

Punderson Manor Resort and Conference Center

Punderson State Park, Newbury, Ohio

Dec 3 - 5, 2008


Welcome to the new world of economic development based on networks.

Learn the leadership skills you need to strengthen collaboration in your community and region. Here is an innovative, tested approach to building collaboration for economic and workforce development. Gain the insights, roadmaps and tools you need to develop new ideas and translate them into action. Strategic doing is a new approach to building the civic networks that your community and region need to prosper in the future.

You can read about the April 2008 Leadership Retreat and see pictures of Punderson Manor here.

How you will benefit

  • Understand the strategic importance of guided conversation
  • Learn key concepts to translate ideas into action quickly

  • Discover the importance of civic networks and how to map them
  • Find out how to design a civic "strategic doing" process to move ideas into action
  • Learn how to integrate practical metrics into "strategic doing"
  • Master a flexible, low cost implementation process that focuses on alignment, accountability, action plans, and continuous learning
  • Understand why "strategic outcomes" and "strategic issue agendas" are replacing "vision" as a guiding principal for strategy
  • Gain the knowledge and analytical skills to diagnose your community’s civic leadership
  • Identify specific ways you can contribute to your community’s strategic success

What you'll cover:

  • The emergence of networks as an organizing principle for economic development
  • The five strategic "systems" that define prosperity for a community or region
  • Introduction to social network analysis
  • A practical, four step strategic doing process
  • Introduction to strategy maps for economic development
  • Civic process mapping
  • Civic forums as a practical tool to generate and build civic networks and accelerate "open


Who should attend:

  • Economic development professionals focused on new strategies of growth
  • Workforce development professionals interested in new collaborations
  • Chamber of commerce executives seeking to engage their community in new ways
  • Young professionals looking to guide their community
  • Leaders of community foundations seeking to adjust their role in economic and workforce development
  • College and university faculty and administrators engaged in defining new roles for higher education
  • Library professionals interested in understanding the new role of libraries

This workshop is ideal for innovative civic leaders who want to expand their perspectives on economic and workforce development. Anyone who must lead a community or region in developing strategies for economic development and workforce development needs new analytic tools to understand how they can have the most impact.

“Regionalism” and “economic development” have never been greater topics of conversation or higher public policy priorities than today in Greater Cleveland. I-Open has brought substance and form and focus to this imperative community-wide dialog. Diverse ideas and opinions on a myriad of critical subjects are invited to I-Open, dissected by the audience and used to advance our community’s knowledge and momentum in practical and innovative ways.

Paul Oyaski
Director of Economic Development
Cuyahoga County Commission

Workshop Details:

When: Dec 3 - 5, 2008

Dec. 3: Arrive at 6:00 pm for a kickoff dinner and asset mapping workshop

Dec. 4: All day workshop and dinner

Dec. 5: One-half day workshop and lunch. Adjourn at 1:00 pm

Where: Punderson Manor Resort and Conference Center. Punderson is located in beautiful Geauga County, Ohio, 40 miles east of Cleveland on Route 87 in Newbury, Ohio. Follow this link for driving directions from common points of origin: Driving Directions and Map

Registration Details:


Conference Fee (with overnight stay): $650.00

Includes accommodations for 2 nights, conference materials, meals and wireless access

Conference Fee (without overnight stay): $475.00

Includes conference materials, meals and wireless access

To Pay by Check:

Register for workshop and overnight stay:

Send an e-mail or call Susan Altshuler. Make check payable to the Institute for Open Economic Networks and mail to 4415 Euclid Avenue, Third Floor, Cleveland, OH 44103, attention Susan Altshuler.

Register for workshop without overnight stay:

Send an e-mail or call Susan Altshuler. Make checks payable to the Institute for Open Economic Networks and mail to above address

To register and pay by credit card online:

Overnight stay and workshop: Register

For questions, call Susan Altshuler at 216-577-9957 or email susanaltshuler [at] gmail [dot] com

I-Open's workshop demonstrated for me the complexity of the work that we must do as leaders to change our culture,first by looking at the very behavior choices we make that hold us back. Our closed behavior choices instilled in us by our grandparents will not survive in 21st century culture and economy. By recognizing that the assets they left us with are still assets unique to us, we are empowered to take bold steps forward, in open collaborative ways to grow our new economy.

Laura Steinbrink

Director of Regional Partnerships

Fund for Our Economic Future


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