Some of the most common experiences and best kept secrets that I come across in my work – bite-sized and actionable!

The future is rural

When we think of rural America, we may envision cows grazing lazily on the rolling hills of Vermont, spectacular vistas in the mountains of North Carolina and Kentucky, and long fields in Oklahoma that stretch into the horizon, spotted with red-painted barns, tractors and water towers. We imagine lively, quaint downtowns with independently-owned shops and …

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Unlocking ecosystem Building

What they don’t tell you in ecosystem building school When one of my earliest mentors changed cities and careers, I was befuddled that he could step back from his work. He had co-founded the region’s first accelerator for high-growth startups and advocated for the needs of entrepreneurs every chance he got. For more than five …

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Unlocking entrepreneurship

“Oh, and Anika! Don’t forget to tell people what exactly the issue is you talk about solving!”, Tara – my podcast producer – says at the end of our first meeting.  “Sure. No problem.” Wait, what? I mean, OBVIOUSLY, I know why we need to build more ecosystems for social change, and why we need …

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