difference between complex problems and complicated problems comes down to whether a problem is solvable or not. Is there a stable outcome? Is there an end state? Can research and expertise provide us with answers? Is the situation predictable? Answer yes to these questions and you have a complicated problem. Answer no and you have a complex one. It comes down to the difference between building a community and building a building. ” Complex vs. Complicated “ – Chris Corrigan
Passing!) the Torch • Individuals that step up and get involved only have so much energy to give per event, or over time. • How do you leave room for new people to step up and add energy? • How do you organize and gather your learnings and manage your building blocks so they can be passed on?
• Canada is often talked about as a country that relies on natural resources • I think our bigger asset is Human Resources • great school system that continues to produce educated young people • people want to move here: lots of immigration from all over the world, especially here to the West Coast
All businesses are technology businesses • The printing press was once considered new-fangled technology • Is email technology? Is a website? • Which parts of technology are you experimenting with in growing your business? • Is there an email marketing group? An advertising online group? An optimizing your business with tech tools gorup?
Digital businesses can be built here • You’ve got power, Internet, and computers. And smart people. • Digital businesses can scale beyond their geographic area from day 1. • You won’t build the next Facebook. • Not just “startups”. Selling on Etsy or Shopify. Building a web services business.
• Learning • gather demand and get targeted training • Support • peer-to-peer, centralized resources • Marketing / Growth • a business development trip to another city, shared costs of a conference trip • Group Buying / Shared Access • quantity discounts and access to bigger / better stuff
• This is a complex system, there is no right answer • Decide what you want to improve, try little (but consistent) experiments & measure them, learn what works and what doesn’t, and re-invest in what works • Value the energy of people. Lots of ways to get engaged, to get help, and to step up.