Also the Center for Creative Economy with offices in Winston-Salem and Greensboro serves as a catalyst for innovation by
- driving product and business development,
- stimulating connections between innovators and businesses, and
- promoting economic development and job growth
Their vision is to
- Leverage ideas/strengths of creative talent to tackle problems whose solutions benefit all
- Connect knowledge to jobs, coordinate programs to better serve the industrial and manufacturing base and thereby attract additional companies to the state.
- Develop infrastructure to enable creative companies to grow and build capacity
- Support economic development efforts to attract jobs requiring creativity and innovation.
- Facilitate a statewide network and work with state leaders to develop the North Carolina creative economy.
These two approaches are a way of providing leverage of resources for the Creative Class in the Piedmont Triad Area.
Recently as I was sharing with Christopher Bronson the term STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) as a preference to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) he suggested we use “STEAM Engine”. Putting emphasis on “Arts” enhances the STEM term with the innovative and creative aspect of creating products/services/processes promoted in the Entrepreneurial Productive Innovative Engine (PIE) Team concept.
To the right is a drawing of an early Steam Engine, it depicts new thinking for the industrial era. I use it to illustrate how crude early thinking is when you think outside the box with new concepts. The Entrepreneurial PIE Team works together to create new products/processes/services.
Hopefully these thoughts will be useful to you as we seek to find solutions that will create jobs for the future.
www.steamedu.com is another website that is promoting STEAM. See graphic.