School Days in the Fourth Economy

131023-Higher-EducationIt seems to be college and university season in the Fourth Economy Consulting offices. We have recently welcomed two new staffers to our team with strong roots in working with higher education. In the past few weeks Ali Mabel joined our team as Director of Innovation Strategies. Ali comes to us by way of the University of Illinois where she was Program Coordinator at the Research Park. Prior to that she managed client engagements for Ernst and Young supporting finance and supply chain processes. This mix of private and university experience is a terrific fit with the rest of the team’s skill sets.

Shortly before that Susan Fisher  joined us as a Research Analyst and brings to our team  her expertise in linear cash flow analysis and her extensive experience conducting complex quantitative and qualitative research, analysis and reporting to health care and higher education projects. Susan adds a depth to our research capabilities that we were looking for and now makes our research capabilities unrivaled in our market. Continue reading “School Days in the Fourth Economy”

The Role of the Intermediary: Critical Infrastructure in the Fourth Economy

They take many names and structures: Collaboratives, Alliances, Councils, Initiatives, Partnerships.  Whatever their name, economic development intermediary efforts across the country are effectively uniting diverse organizations, people, skill sets, and geographies around common community and economic development goals.

These modern assemblies are reflective of the fourth economy.  They are nimble, take shape quickly, utilize social media and are open to information sharing.  They recognize the challenge that in our global and dynamic market economy – no single organization can possibly have all of the resources and knowledge to address a region’s community and economic development objectives.  We must work together, find where organizational missions intersect and then contribute a slice of time and resources to achieve a larger goal.

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