The international tech mega-conference South By Southwest Interactive has been showing more and more interest in how small businesses, startups and tech entrepreneurs can help make the places where they work better – but even though conference organizers pretty clearly want to address the relationship between startups and governments, they seem to get only a few submissions for panels or presentations on those topics.
Well, here at the Wise Economy Workshop, we’re all about helping people rattle those kinds of cages.
I’ve submitted two presentations along these lines for consideration at next year’s SXSW, and as is their usual practice, part of how they choose submissions depends on popular votes. That’s where you come in.
Here’s the two sessions:
The first is a panel entitled How to work with your local government and succeed. This session is geared toward entrepreneurs and startup folks who are newly encountering the world of government agencies – and not understanding why they work the way they do.
The second is a workshop called Lead or Feed: How Cities Can Truly Help Startups. This session is a version of the talk/workshop that I have given in several states and online over the past few years, and it’s focused on helping city officials and staff rethink their economic development efforts to make a real difference in growing their community’s local economy.
The odds of either of these two sessions being presented go up if they get votes on the SXSW PanelPicker. Voting is free and easy (it does require a very basic signup), and you don’t have to be planning to go to SXSW in order to vote.
You can vote for How to work with your local government and succeed here, and Lead or Feed: How Cities Can Truly Help Startups here.
Thanks for your help! I’ll let you know what happens.
If you’d be interested in talks or trainings like this in your community or for your organization, just send me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org