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Walsh Welcomes International Leaders for Inaugural ICF Institute Symposium

What's New, 2012-10-23

Walsh University proudly hosted the Inaugural Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) Institute for the Study of the Intelligent Community International Symposium, October 24-25.

Click Here to view a slideshow from the Symposium.

Over 300 attendees from as far away as South Korea travelled to North Canton for the two-day symposium “Seizing Our Destiny: New Models for Re-energizing Our Communities, Our Schools, Our Economies,” which was carefully designed to provoke discussion and creative solutions in an interactive format.  The ICF Institute Symposium was a one-of-a-kind event that brought business executives, international political leaders, highly-respected educators and local partners together to explore new models for re-energizing communities, schools and economies. The ICF Symposium was supported by a generous grant from the Herbert W. Hoover Foundation.

The global symposium kicked-off with the Institute’s Advisory Board meeting on Wednesday, October 24. Board members for the ICF Institute for the Study of the Intelligent Community were formally announced in June 2012. 

International diplomats, government officials, educational leaders and business executives comprise the first International Advisory Board including: Shirley Fenton, VP and Director, National Institutes of Health Informatics Research Associate, Computer Systems Group, University of Waterloo; Cheol-Soo Park, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Dept. of u-City Design and Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon, South Korea; and Raj Pande, a senior partner leading the firm’s Asia practice at Hunton & Williams Law Firm in NY City.  The entire Advisory Board Member List can be found at http://www.walsh.edu/institute.

 “The board meeting is especially exciting because it will be the first time our international board members will be here on our campus,” said Jackie DeGarmo, Project Director for the Institute.  “It is our hope that the interactive format of the workshops on Thursday will aid in the development of global partnerships for everyone in attendance.”

In addition to the Advisory Board Meeting, the Symposium featured the following workshops on Thursday, October 25: 

8 AM – 11:00 AM Workshop
Seizing Our Destiny: Imagining New Models for Educating Our Communities
Barrette Business and Community Center

Participants were inspired by game-changing ideas of TED-Ed director Logan Smalley, The Third Teacher's Christian Long, and Riverside California's Ramona High School in a dynamic solutions-driven exploration of "A World Without Schools."

11:30 AM – 1 PM Keynote Luncheon "Getting a Grip on the World Economic Shift"
Barrette Business and Community Center

Dr. Jacknis, Director, Cisco’s IBSG Public Sector Group is a globally recognized expert in government innovation and transformation. Government Technology Magazineselected him as one of the Nation’s “Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers who, using technology…broke bureaucratic inertia to better serve the public.”  At Cisco, he has worked extensively and in-depth with the National Association of Counties and the US Conference of Mayors in the development of a strategy for the economic viability of American cities in 2030. In addition to his work on economic development, he has also worked with governments on the creation of collaborative environments for citizens to deliver public services.

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM ... in the round
Seizing Our Destiny: The Triple Helix Model for Transforming Local Economies
Birk Center for the Arts 

In a fun, open and interactive style, Institute panelists Mayor Dan Mathieson, Stratford, Ontario; SmartRiverside, CA, Director & CIO Steve Reneker; and Case Western Reserve VP Lev Gonick weighed in on the critical roles and collaborative strategies of government, business and education that are paramount to re-energizing communities for our global knowledge economy. Louis Zacharilla, founder of the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF), moderated the discussion.

The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) is a nonprofit think tank that focuses in job creation and economic development in the broadband economy, for the local economy, both large and small, in the developing and developed economies of the world.

The Walsh University Institute for the study of the Intelligent Community will provide resource for local and regional communities interested in this movement to connect to over 100 international partner communities, a venue for thought leaders from around the world to share ideas and solutions, and an exploration of new models for the preparation of educators for the knowledge economy.