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Pratt Center helps lead national Equitable Innovation Economies Program with four-city pilot

August 23, 2016

Brooklyn’s Pratt Center for Community Development is spearheading a national urban-development strategy that sets inclusivity benchmarks for economic success. Photo credit: Pratt

In order to support and develop equitable, inclusive urban innovation and manufacturing economies, Brooklyn’s Pratt Center for Community Development, Oakland-based PolicyLink and the national Urban Manufacturing Alliance created the Equitable Innovation Economies project. Over the past two years, EIE’s pilot brought together four cities – New York City, Indianapolis, San Jose and Portland (Oregon) – to collaborate, rather than compete, on longterm economic development. The four cities are sharing research, strategies and data to foster and track inclusive planning. Earlier this month, Pratt released City Snapshots of each initiative, which we summarize below.

Over the past two years, each city developed public-private investments to intentionally break down innovation barriers that are holding back equitable development. The EIE team worked with cities to help advise on programmatic strategy, capture results and set next steps. While the goals in each city – increasing economic diversity, re-establishing manufacturing and training local workforce – are similar, the footprints have their own flavor.  Read more

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Watch! Chris Gorges, Sarah Meister & John Vaskis talk marketing and storytelling

May 17, 2016

Watch Marketing & Storytelling: Telling A Compelling Story And Connecting With The Audience on Vimeo.

On May 11th, the Next Top Makers community gathered at Impact Hub NYC to learn about key storytelling tactics for successfully marketing a business. Led by Chris Gorges of Rocketure, Sarah Meister of Vann Alexandra and John Vaskis of Indiegogo, the group learned how to develop the right narrative, raise awareness and pitch. Check it out!

 

 

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Watch! Spencer Wright and Jordi Borràs talk design, production, and everything in between

April 25, 2016

Watch Designing for Manufacturing: Understanding The Right Production Process on Vimeo.

On April 20th, the Next Top Makers community gathered at Impact Hub NYC to learn about the best practices for determining your bill of materials, sourcing manufacturers and taking your prototype to the next level. Guided by a team of business experts, attendees gained valuable insight into the world of manufacturing. Check it out!

Oh, and love those experts? Read up on the work of the featured speakers Spencer Wright and Jordi Borràs!

 

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Pensa Founder Marco Perry and Kit’s Camille Hearst Teach You How to Understand Users and Create Products That Matter in People’s Lives

March 28, 2016

Watch Understanding Users: Creating Products That Matter in People’s Lives on Vimeo.

Recently, the Next Top Makers community gathered at Impact Hub NYC to learn about human-centered design, designing for users and understanding those users. How does your core market browse for, touch, buy, use and respond to your products and the competitive set? Wait, wait, don’t answer that quite yet. Instead, hop aboard the smart train to Workshopville. Free entry, click here.

Also, take a look at Pensa’s groundbreaking work and the Kit.com community.