When it comes to the concepts of leading, learning and governing, public officials usually compare themselves with other U.S. cities and states. But our competition is truly Global. Through its 21c3 program, the League has shared the eight assets necessary to be successful communities in the 21st century. Mr. Anthony will expound upon those assets from a global view, and share additional techniques that local leaders need to have in their tool box to build world-class competitive communities.
Municipalities are designed to run efficiently by using standards and policies that eliminate unwanted variation. But those conventional “one-size-fits-all” structures and processes are being replaced by boundless new affiliations and connect-the-dots collaboration. So what happens when your best people aren’t your people at all? Let the innovation experts show you how to throw away your checklist, sync your strategies and practices, and create new solutions in new ways that will help your community grow.
Bio: Jeff DeGraff teaches popular MBA and Executive Education courses on leading creativity and innovation. Jeff’s research and writing focuses on syncing up creativity and innovation strategy, competency and culture development, practices and methods, and leadership. He is the founder and director of the Certified Professional Innovator Certificate Program. He has co-authored several books on innovation and runs a leading innovation institute, Innovatrium (www.innovatrium.org).
The arts, culture and creative industries are a powerful asset in Michigan’s reinvention – creating vibrant places across our state that attract talent and business, contributing jobs and spending to our economy, strengthening Michigan’s tourism industry, and generating a creative “vibe” that fuels innovation, growth and promise for the future. Learn how you can put the arts and creativity to work in your community’s future, through the experiences of local arts leaders whose organizations engaged community partners and stakeholders in shaping visions and strategies for how the arts, culture and creative industries will define a “sense of place”, fuel economic growth, and transform community life. This session will feature two leading initiatives -- the Washtenaw County Cultural Master Plan and Art Works: Creative Invention/Reinvention -- A Collaborative Cultural Economic Development Plan for Greater Lansing’s Urban Center.
Bio: Jennifer H. Goulet is the President of ArtServe Michigan, providing leadership, vision and management for the organization's work in advocacy, capacity building and strategic communications. She joined ArtServe's staff in 2007 as its Director of Development, was promoted to the position of Director of Organizational Advancement in 2008, and assumed the role of President and CEO in February 2009. As a former Board member for the Michigan Association of Community Arts Agencies, Goulet served on the merger negotiations team for the ArtServe/MACAA merger that was effective in October 2006 and ArtServe Michigan's post-merger transitional Board and Executive Committee.
We’ve all heard that attracting and keeping talent is the creative lifeblood of any city seeking to grow into the 21st century and beyond. But placemaking can’t work without people—and that means connecting people quickly to the other bright people, places and work they’re passionate about. As the founder of the D:hive and CreateHere, Josh McManus will share his own real-world examples of bringing new talent together to bring new ideas, new businesses, new uses of existing infrastructure, and new tax bases to any city.
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