Last year, I worked on an #economicdevelopment #cooperative concept for #yyc, #ab but stopped due to time constraints. Now, here’s the open proposal:
How might we supercharge Calgary’s 50k+ small businesses? I imagine a multi-stakeholder, scalable, business intelligence consulting platform co-op. It would support small business while providing pathways for knowledge workers who have been laid-off, under-employed newcomers, & students to re/upskill through apprenticeship.
It builds on economic gardening: an entrepreneurial #ecdev practice about sharing strategic information through business research & geographic information systems (GIS). It is fairly popular in the US, but rarer in Canada.
Our globally-networked co-op would grow the pool of practically experienced entre/intrapreneurs while improving the prospects of small-and-medium-sized-enterprises (SMEs) – individually and sectorally – through strategy, digital transformation and open foresight.
Imagine the possibilities if thousands of small-business members had the next three, evidence-driven, strategic things they could do to expand! The cooperative could also generate & tend to a crowdsourced database, or atlas, of open innovation: a treasure map of entrepreneurial discovery, such as import replacement opportunities.