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Engagement Makes Good Policy Happen

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The power of social movements — mobilized public opinion — is undeniable. Just ask lobbyists who have recently fallen short of their clients’ objectives at the hands of the opposition’s superior grassroots engine.

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Where Your Board Belongs: A Primer on Strategic Thinking

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Your strategic planning process is ineffective. It’s doing more harm than good. Board members sense that their time and talent is being wasted in the process. Even if they haven’t voiced it yet,
directors are wondering if they are really adding value. There is a way to resurrect the board’s enthusiasm by engaging them in the very work they hoped they’d be doing. To make things right, we need to acknowledge the difference between strategic planning and strategic thinking.

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The Problem of Thinking Too Little

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Thinkspot’s emphasis on thinking is more than a marketing twist on our brand. We focus on it so much because we believe the fundamental failure in creating competitive advantage in both organizations and communities results from the myopic focus on strategy and planning without real thinking. It can be relearned.

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What is a Thinkspot™?

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Thinkspot™ is both our brand and our promise to organizations and communities seeking to change the trajectory of their economic future. By pursuing long-term strategies that unlock the power of innovation, the next ten years can be different than the past.

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Speaking of Trickle Down Theory

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In a June 8 post we called attention to evidence that the “trickle down theory” of economics is as rare as a unicorn. Today, we offer evidence of its origins outside oppositional rhetoric (see: straw man arguments). A quick read of Matthew Mitchells’ (Mercatus) blog, posted July 7, 2014, highlights the logical proposition offered by […]

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ICYMI: 2014 New Economy Index Released

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The bi-annual release of the State New Economy Index hit the streets on June 11. Crafted by the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, the index compiles 25 indicators across five key areas. Massachusetts leads the way with Mississippi ranked dead last.

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