This annual regional planning workshop is focused on uniting and catalyzing the leadership of Southern California’s diverse and compelling innovation nodes which define the SoCal innovation network. To accomplish this, we convene a diverse cross section of leaders from across the region for a professionally facilitated one-day intensive workshop to generate clarity of purpose, goals, and a coordinated strategy to tackle shared challenges and opportunities. This year we convened in person at a single location which is a welcome return to the format we enjoyed in 2019 prior to the pandemic. Why are we doing this?
There are common challenges and opportunities that unite the often fragmented, geographically dispersed innovation hubs throughout Southern California. The Alliance's analysis of the region, in partnership with the Boston Consulting Group, has revealed that there is little coordination among these compelling pockets of innovation to address common issues. However, the Alliance believes aligning best practices, external messaging, and delivery of services and resources are necessary to harness the collective potential of the region’s innovation assets to make Southern California the next great innovation ecosystem. The Workshop
The core of the event was a workshop where key stakeholders from across the region – e.g. CEOs, founders, investors, local government, economic development experts, academics, and regional planners -- discuss critical regional challenges & opportunities. For a recap of the event, check out our blog post
The Alliance engaged leader, author, and facilitator Val Wright
to help guide our discussions and was supported by graphic recorder Michelle Boos-Stone
who captured the day’s output in dynamic hand-drawn tableaus pictured below.