Client Case: Maine Technology Institute

TECH WALK 2014 KEYNOTE ADDRESS AND WORKSHOP TO IMPROVE INNOVATION ECOSYSTEM

  "We are working to adopt the Rainforest concepts largely through MxG – Maine Accelerates Growth. The culture we are deliberately building into MxG is a Rainforest, rather than plantation culture. We most definitely have not figured everything out yet, but are working together to do so!"  -- Martha Bentley, Maine Technology Institute

 

"We are working to adopt the Rainforest concepts largely through MxG – Maine Accelerates Growth. The culture we are deliberately building into MxG is a Rainforest, rather than plantation culture. We most definitely have not figured everything out yet, but are working together to do so!" 

-- Martha Bentley, Maine Technology Institute

Purpose

  • Provide a keynote address and two-hour workshop on applying Rainforest concepts to improving Maine’s innovation ecosystem for better social, environmental, and economic outcomes.  

Participants & Process

  • Rainforest keynote by author Victor Hwang  presented gave an overview of Rainforest concepts including: innovation, Plantations vs. Rainforests, innovation ecosystems, and social contracts. Victor offered examples from various Rainforest project cases.

  • "How to Think in the Rainforest" workshop (2 hours) included modules: 1) innovation efforts in Maine remembered with pride versus those remembered with sorrow; 2) building a Scenario of Success for Maine in 2020 using Rainforest tools. 

Project Team:

Products

  • Keynote address slide show

  • Event Summary that presents graphic synthesis of keynote points; workshop products generated by participants; and recommendations for MTI to support the local innovation ecosystem with action plans move toward the success scenario. 

  • Conference display of graphic capture and participant work designed to engage other conference attendees in the post-workshop dialogue. 

Outcomes            

  • Created more awareness among the participants of Rainforest Principles and provided a fresh perspective on innovation potential in Maine.

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