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Posted 3.23.07

The Cleveland Professional Twenty-Thirty Club recently hosted a unique event that was supported by several Weatherhead School students and staff.  The event, "10,000 Little Ideas to Keep You Believing in Cleveland," was an ambitious attempt to engage young professionals around positive idea generation for the area.  On the evening of March 7, 350 attendees experienced something that far surpassed other brainstorming efforts which tend to oscillate between only griping and only dreaming. 

In contrast, this meeting was designed by Erin Smith to generate positive ideas that could be practically implemented before the end of this year. The positive/practical idea generation was accomplished with the help of seven concurrent break-out sessions designed and facilitated by the Weatherhead School students and staff.  The topics of each break-out session ranged from "mastering the Cleveland marketplace" to "idea incubator."  
 
In the break-out sessions, which utilized certain elements of appreciative inquiry, participants generated and recorded scores of ideas. These ideas will now flow into four follow up events that will ensure that the two favorite ideas from each group will come to fruition before the end of this year. If you would like to participate or just follow the progress of this innovative effort, keep an eye on the Twenty-Thirty Web site at www.cleveland2030.com.

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