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Expanding Our Entrepreneurial Imagination in Indianapolis

Expanding Our Entrepreneurial Imagination in Indianapolis

Who do you picture when you hear the word “entrepreneur?” Do you imagine a 20 something plugging away on their computer coding for an app? Maybe you envision your local coffee shop owner who wants to create space for community members to connect over a good cup of joe. As Forward Cities journeys with communities to develop equitable entrepreneurial ecosystems, one thing we are learning is that our collective imagination around entrepreneurship will have to expand.

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Do Forward Cities’ Site-Visits Strengthen Cross-City Connections?

Our Research team asked the participants to go out of their way and take an additional three surveys over the course of the two days, because we saw an opportunity to set a new standard about how we can capture the impact of city visits like these. Kudos to the twenty, who stuck with us through all the questions of the pre and post-event surveys; you hold the record for the highest response rate of any of our survey instruments ever launched.

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Inclusive Capacity-Building in Action

Forward Cities is a national capacity-building and learning network working within and between cities and micropolitans to create more inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem development. This is the mission of Forward Cities. It sounds impressive when you read it, but what does it really mean?

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How to Design Community Solutions with Help from the Actual Community

The third time I came across this phrase [human centered design] was during my training as a recently hired Local Forward Cities Director of Community Entrepreneurship in Franklin County, OH. It was early into day one when I realized that the Forward Cities process was very different than similar efforts I had been exposed to. Rather than coming in as the “experts,” we were taught that when we entered into our communities, we were facilitators…

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R3 Score's More-Nuanced Background Check Helps Ex-Offenders Get Jobs

Can Employee Ownership Preserve Legacy Businesses in Communities of Color?

What Micro-Mapping a City's Density Reveals

“The network developed the @LivingCully Wayfinding System. During a workshop, residents identified proper placement for 20 signs ... to introduce a temporary sign prototype”
- What an amazing analogy to building resource navigators, @_RobWilliams. #ForwardEcosystems

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