Strategic Doing IOWA/U.S.A./WORLD
Strategic Doing is a powerful and practical strategy that is used by RegenIOWA as an operational platform to empower organizations and communities to collaboratively tackle complex challenges and achieve tangible results. In association with Strategic Doing IOWA, we are harnessing the collective intelligence of diverse stakeholders. Strategic Doing provides a flexible and adaptive framework for navigating uncertainty and creating positive change. From economic development and innovation to community building and organizational strategy, Strategic Doing offers a dynamic approach that unlocks the full potential of collaboration to solve Climate, Hunger, and Food Insecurity and transform the future of agriculture.
Strategic Doing is also a cutting-edge collaborative approach that empowers organizations and communities to thrive in our complex and rapidly changing world. Developed by Ed Morrison and his team at the Purdue Agile Strategy Lab, Strategic Doing offers a dynamic framework to tackle challenges and seize opportunities with agility, innovation, and collaboration.
With Strategic Doing, you’ll break free from the constraints of traditional strategic planning and unleash the full potential of your organization or community. Say goodbye to slow and rigid approaches, and say hello to a new era of collaborative strategy-making that drives results and creates positive change.
Imagine sparking creativity, generating and validating bold new ideas, fostering networks and partnerships, and embracing technology-driven innovation. Strategic Doing enables you to tap into the power of entrepreneurship, innovation, and economic development, creating a vibrant ecosystem that fuels growth and prosperity.
Whether you’re a business leader, a community organizer, or a policy maker, Strategic Doing is the game-changing strategy you need for the future. Join the ranks of successful organizations and communities around the world that have embraced Strategic Doing as a catalyst for meaningful change.
A Brief History
Strategic Doing is a collaborative approach to strategy development and implementation that was developed by Ed Morrison and his colleagues at the Purdue Agile Strategy Lab in the United States. It originated from the research and practice of Ed Morrison, who has extensive experience in economic development and strategy.
The concept of Strategic Doing emerged in the early 2000s as a response to the need for more agile and collaborative approaches to tackle complex and rapidly changing challenges faced by organizations and communities. Morrison and his team recognized that traditional strategic planning processes were often too slow, rigid, and hierarchical to effectively address the challenges of the modern world.
Drawing upon principles from complexity science, network theory, and design thinking, Morrison and his colleagues developed the Strategic Doing approach. The method emphasizes collaboration, agility, and action-oriented strategies, with a focus on creating tangible outcomes through iterative cycles of planning, implementation, and feedback.
Over the years, Strategic Doing has gained recognition as a powerful approach to strategy development and implementation in a wide range of contexts, including economic development, innovation ecosystems, community development, and business strategy. It has been applied in diverse settings, from local communities to large organizations, and has been adopted by practitioners around the world as a flexible and effective approach to collaborative strategy-making. Today, Strategic Doing continues to evolve and adapt to the changing needs of organizations and communities, helping them navigate the complexities of the modern world and achieve their desired outcomes.
Collaborative Magic: Strategic Doing brings together a diverse group of stakeholders, from businesses to community organizations, to work collaboratively and develop actionable strategies for economic development. This collaborative approach unleashes the collective power of the community, leading to innovative solutions and sustainable economic growth.
Agile Adaptability: Strategic Doing recognizes that economic development is dynamic and ever-changing. It emphasizes flexible and adaptive strategies that can be adjusted in real-time, allowing for quick responses to evolving trends and market forces. This agility ensures that economic development efforts stay relevant and effective.
Action-Packed Focus: Strategic Doing is all about taking action and getting results. It encourages a bias towards action, experimentation, and learning by doing. Through rapid prototyping and testing, Strategic Doing identifies and scales successful initiatives while learning from failures. This action-oriented approach fosters a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, driving economic development forward.
Idea Generation and Validation: Strategic Doing provides a structured framework for organizations to generate and validate new ideas. It encourages collaborative brainstorming and ideation sessions, where diverse perspectives are brought together to spark creativity and generate innovative concepts. Through the use of strategic conversations and design thinking techniques, Strategic Doing helps organizations identify the most promising ideas and validate them through experimentation, market research, and feasibility assessments.
Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Development: Strategic Doing emphasizes the importance of creating a supportive ecosystem for entrepreneurship. It encourages organizations to foster networks, partnerships, and collaborations that facilitate the development of a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem. This includes connecting entrepreneurs with mentors, investors, and other resources, as well as creating a supportive regulatory and policy environment. By fostering a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem, Strategic Doing helps organizations create an environment that nurtures and accelerates the growth of new businesses and technology-driven startups.
Technology and Business Model Innovation: Strategic Doing encourages organizations to embrace technology and business model innovation as key drivers of entrepreneurship. It emphasizes the need to continuously adapt and evolve business models and leverage technological advancements to create new products, services, and markets. Strategic Doing helps organizations identify emerging technologies, evaluate their potential impact, and develop strategies to leverage them for business growth and market disruption. By embracing technology and business model innovation, Strategic Doing enables organizations to stay ahead of the curve and create new opportunities for entrepreneurship and economic growth.
Inclusive Collaboration: Strategic Doing encourages inclusive collaboration among diverse stakeholders within a community, such as local residents, nonprofits, businesses, and government agencies. This collaborative approach ensures that all voices are heard and considered, leading to community-driven solutions that address the unique needs and aspirations of the community.
Adaptive Planning: Strategic Doing promotes adaptive planning that is responsive to the ever-changing dynamics of a community. It involves iterative and flexible goal-setting, monitoring progress, and making adjustments as needed to achieve desired outcomes. This adaptive planning approach allows communities to be agile and responsive to changing circumstances, which is essential for effective community development.
Resource Mobilization & Capacity Building: Strategic Doing helps communities identify and leverage available resources, such as funding, expertise, and community assets, to support community development initiatives. It also emphasizes capacity building through skill-building workshops, training sessions, and mentoring, equipping community members with the necessary knowledge, skills, and tools to effectively lead and implement community development projects.
Collaborative Approach: Strategic Doing emphasizes collaboration and involving diverse stakeholders in the strategy development process. By bringing together different perspectives, expertise, and insights, organizations can develop more comprehensive and robust strategies that align with their vision, goals, and external environment. This collaborative approach promotes ownership, buy-in, and collective intelligence, leading to better decision-making and more effective strategy development.
Agility and Action-oriented Strategies: Strategic Doing promotes an agile and action-oriented approach to strategy development. It encourages organizations to focus on tangible actions and iterative adjustments based on feedback and results. This allows organizations to adapt and respond to changing internal and external conditions, seize opportunities, and overcome challenges. It fosters a culture of innovation, experimentation, and continuous improvement, enabling organizations to be more adaptive and competitive in a dynamic business environment.
Results-driven and Metrics-oriented: Strategic Doing emphasizes setting clear outcomes, metrics, and measures of success for strategic initiatives. This promotes a results-driven approach to strategy execution, where progress is regularly monitored and measured against defined objectives. It provides a basis for data-driven decision-making, accountability, and performance measurement. Organizations can track progress, make informed adjustments, and ensure that their strategies are aligned with desired outcomes.
Cross-Sector Collaboration: Strategic Doing encourages collaboration among different stakeholders, including government agencies, private organizations, community groups, and citizens. This collaborative approach facilitates the sharing of diverse perspectives, expertise, and resources, leading to more informed and inclusive decision-making. It allows for the integration of multiple perspectives, interests, and priorities in the policy development process, resulting in more comprehensive and sustainable policies that address complex societal challenges.
Public Policy & Government
Adaptive Policy Making: Strategic Doing promotes an adaptive and iterative approach to policy making. It emphasizes the importance of experimentation, learning, and flexibility in policy design and implementation. This allows policymakers to respond to changing circumstances, new information, and feedback from stakeholders. It helps identify and address policy gaps, refine strategies, and optimize policy outcomes over time. This adaptive approach enables policymakers to be more responsive, effective, and resilient in the face of uncertainties and changing dynamics.
Data-driven Decision Making: Strategic Doing encourages evidence-based decision-making in policy development. It emphasizes the use of data and metrics to inform policy choices, monitor progress, and measure outcomes. This data-driven approach helps policymakers make informed decisions based on objective evidence, rather than relying solely on opinions or assumptions. It promotes transparency, accountability, and legitimacy in the policy development process, leading to more effective and credible policies that are supported by robust evidence.
Community-Led Solutions: Strategic Doing brings together diverse stakeholders in collaborative workshops to identify and prioritize local food insecurity issues, set goals, and develop action plans. This empowers communities to drive their own solutions with collective efforts and local resources.
Innovative Partnerships: Strategic Doing encourages creative partnerships among local businesses, farmers, and organizations to increase access to fresh produce and optimize food distribution. This can involve new distribution channels, coordinated donations, and technology-driven solutions for efficient food resource management.
HUNGER & FOOD SECURITY
Holistic Approach: Strategic Doing recognizes that addressing food insecurity requires a comprehensive approach. It promotes efforts to not only address immediate hunger needs but also tackle underlying causes, such as economic development, education, healthcare, and policy advocacy. This holistic approach creates sustainable solutions for long-term impact.