Saturday, July 11, 2009

Is Collaboration Alive in Massachusetts?

Secretary Bialecki posits on his blog that "the collaborative gene [in Massachusetts] has been far too dormant." He notes that "we have all of the building blocks necessary for a dynamic innovation economy - plenty of good ideas fostered by a very active and diverse research environment, strong entrepreneurial talent, access to venture capital, and access to a highly educated workforce. But the overwhelming consensus is also that we are missing the collaborative 'glue' that is needed to bring all these elements together and truly unlock our innovation potential."

While there is no doubt that we, as a community, should continually strive to better align similar initiatives and collaborate when appropriate, I see lots of collaborative glue (just take a look at some of the activities planned by the organizations listed on the right column of this blog). I felt the need to highlight a few of our collaborative initiatives...

The Council's Cluster strategy is specifically designed to foster greater mixing and collaborating within and between the region's key technology communities (i.e., digital games, open source, SAAS, social media, etc), technology-enabled industries, (i.e., energy/clean tech, heath care, life sciences, financial services), and functional roles (i.e., CEOs/CIOs/CTOs, sales & marketing, legal, etc.), for the purpose of fostering entrepreneurship and promoting the success of our great local companies that are developing and deploying technology across industry sectors.

Our signature "Innovation unConference" employs a new attendee-driven format for direct collaboration amongst multiple generations of our region's most successful serial entrepreneurs and investors with one common purpose: to help accelerate company formation and growth in Massachusetts. Save October 1st for MassTLC's 2009 Innovation unConference. (View http://blog.masstlc.org/search/label/Innovation%20unConference for more on our 2008 Innovation unConference.)

1 comment:

Bill said...

In your post you don't say how you think we're doing? Do you think we get an "A" or an "F" or something in between for collaboration? If it's an A, what do we need to focus on to drive greater productivity and success in technical innovation? If it's an F, why are we still failing given all the efforts of groups like MassTLC to pull things together?