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2015 UMR Annual Meeting: "Think Globally and Act Locally"

PlanScape Impact(s): Diversity and Inclusion ; Economic Development
Last modified: November 11, 2015 Public Report From Global Economic and Cultural Exchange (ECCEX)


At yesterday's UMR annual meeting, the keynote message was "Think globally, and act locally." I couldn't agree more. I was inspired by the student at my table and also the students on the panel. They were poised,  mature and articulate.  A bright future ahead of them.

 And as Post Bulletin reports:

"  .... Beginning in fall 2016 the school will offer these communities:

• Global Connections Community will bring together students, both international and domestic students, with a focus on intercultural competence and solving global health challenges.

• Health CORE, which stands for community of respect and empowerment, will support underrepresented undergraduate students to bring students together to solve the "grand health care challenges."

• ROC!, or recovery on campus, will support UMR students in recovery, to "infuse the health care field with their transformational living, civic engagement and high-integrity leadership.


I couldn't help but think that in a community like Rochester where there are international and global knowledge/connection resources that could be tapped into to augment UMR's internal curriculum design. 

In the past I have documented the need to systemically establish connections with trade, investment and cultural relationships with with international partners. A number of my cultural group members have approached public officials and publicly-funded economic development agencies to suggest how we can help. So far, our attempt to raise this leverage opportunity to them has not appeared to create any formal traction. It is possible that behind the scene, suggestions such as systematically building and inventorying international relationships (Long March with China, eg) are being taken up with our knowledge.

Maybe the new angle to help is via UMR's "Think globally, and act locally" strategy. I am eager to learn more and look forward to engage with any such opportunities.







PlanScape Impact(s): Diversity and Inclusion ; Economic Development
Last modified: November 11, 2015 Public Report From Global Economic and Cultural Exchange (ECCEX)

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  • For the commercial sector, we tend to register startup activities (new companies and new commercial projects) that bring diversification and high-impact opportunities to the area.
  • For the non-profit sector, we wish to shine light on all the organizations and services that otherwise labor under relative obscurity.
  • Our hope is that will encourage cross-sector collaborations and creative solutions.

While there are a number of registries in the community,'s  distinct value is to pilot a database with a data structure and categorizations that answer the questions such as: What organizations or projects/programs in our community that have purported relevance with some of the over-arching focuses put forward by initiatives such as DMC, J2G and Health Improvements?

This database could be used as one of the ways to explore the capacities of the community. If you are someone on an exploratory journey to learn about the greater Rochester community. could be an interesting first step.

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  1. Available - a product, program or service is in production
  2. Develop - program or application is being developed
  3. Plan - idea is solid, stakeholders are identified, and there is strong commitment to go forward from all parties.
  4. Concept Phase - idea scoped out with enough details to give an early sizing and/or to build a proof of concept
  5. Pre-concept Phase - an early idea or a requirement.
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