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Innovation is critical to success in the new economy. Successful businesses recognize the importance of continually seeking new products, processes and
markets. Organizations and communities that are thriving share this commitment to innovation
Explore a formal study of the scope, nature, and enablers of innovation in rural and northern communities.
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KEY CHARACTERISTICS OF INNOVATIVE COMMUNITIES
Based on discussions with innovators and champions from across southern and northern Ontario, 10 common characteristics of innovative communities surfaced. These characteristics or conditions help to foster a culture in which innovations grow and flourish.
Leadership ... Innovative communities have strong local leadership and champions who recognize the value of innovation and facilitate and enable the process.
Co-operation ... A co-operative culture within the community leads to the development of successful collaboratives and partnerships.
Networked ... Innovative communities tend to be well connected and networked to people and resources, both locally and outside the community.
Social capital ... There is recognition of the value and benefits associated with personal connections and the trust, information-sharing and cooperation that results.
Confidence ... As accomplishments are realized, onfidence grows and community goals are set high.
Action-oriented ... The community is action-oriented and willing to take risks to make great things happen. The process is iterative, that is, successful innovations lead to more innovation.
Values-driven ... Innovation is values-driven as innovations are planned for the greater good. Efforts are made to ensure that the overall community realizes benefits.
Information technologies ... Innovative communities are well supported through access to current information and communication technologies.
Regional perspectives ... Innovative communities tend to assume a regional perspective rather than a local and competitive perspective, with innovation emerging from a mix of people and reative ideas.
Place-based ... Innovations build upon local assets, heritage and culture to create a unique community niche. This is the power of place.
From A Framework for Innovative Rural Communities Research Reports - Copyight 2004 ME Robertson & Associates, Alpha Projects, C. Lang Consulting, University of Guelph
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