The purpose of the Strategic Innovation Lab is to catalyze and support a new U.S. grand strategy for the 21st century. To do this, the SIL will demonstrate the economic opportunity and create standing capacity to support adoption, implementation and management of a new grand strategy at the regional, national and global levels.
The Economic Strategy Task Force (ESTF) will build and test “A Business Plan for America,” a strategy to ensure sustainable growth for the United States in the 21st Century. With the nation facing immense challenges at home and abroad—at a moment when Washington is mired in historic gridlock—it is time for business leaders to unite and step up as they have in the past. The ESTF and its partners will use cutting-edge economic modeling and work with market leading companies across 10 sectors of American business to validate the model’s impact. Using Appreciative Inquiry as a core methodology, the Economic Strategy Task Force participants will deliver impact by aligning their own core business and investment strategies around a self-reinforcing strategic hypothesis that can attract the kinds of long-term capital sitting currently on the sidelines of the economy.
The Lake Erie Crescent project is based on the notion that throughout the United States, networks of organizations and institutions working toward positive long-term sustainable development, already exist on a regional level. These regional clusters of activity are another avenue that the Strategic Innovation Lab is leveraging to create a thriving national economy. Specifically, the Lake Erie Crescent (LEC) project is a collaboration between the Cleveland Foundation, Oberlin College, and the Strategic Innovation Lab at Case Western Reserve University. By leveraging the buying power of the many institutions of the LEC, and redirecting this spending locally, we can begin to rebuild our country’s economy from the inside-out, starting in the mid-west as a model. Simultaneously, by better connecting and strategizing existing initiatives of this region’s powerhouse change agents, the LEC will act as a catalyst for sustainable change.