Summary of August’s ESHIP Storytelling Goal Meetup Call

Newly-designed ESHIP Goal Meetup calls were relaunched in August and the Storytelling Meetup Group convened online on call on August 28. Since this was a relaunch, inviting new people to the call, the main objective of this month’s call was customer validation in a sense—finding out from the participants what was important to them about storytelling in ecosystem building and discovering expectations for future calls.

Here’s a brief overview of the August 28 call.

General Updates – What’s happening in the ecosystem building storytelling world

Following general updates, the group participated in a roundtable discussion around two topics:

  • What is important to you and your organization about storytelling for ecosystem builders?
  • What are you hoping to get out of the Storytelling Meetup calls?

Group Roundtable Discussion: What is important to you and your organization about storytelling for ecosystem builders? 

Some (anonymized) responses include:

  • Stories about resources, navigating challenges, and illuminating opportunities can create an opening or pathway to gain access and be successful
  • Make Ecosystem Building visible and something that people can identify their work with. Human side, struggle, challenges…telling the things that don’t show up in a study but say a lot about the culture of ecosystem building work.
  • Talking about a sense of community to let people know they are not alone. It’s empowering for ecosystem builders to know they’re not alone.
  • There is a personal element of sharing our stories more often that creates a community of support and also sharing these stories attracts more people to the work. It helps legitimize the work
  • It helps connect people’s WHY and PURPOSE. Data can fall flat to help people feel connected to other people’s work.
  • There is almost nothing out there on Ecosystem Building and I see an opportunity. Storytelling is how we learn.
  • Creates a great opportunity to advocate with each other. Adds legitimacy across many boundaries and borders.
  • We have an opportunity to shift the narrative around economic development and the role of entrepreneurship
  • How can we bring this into the more traditional economic development space?
  • It creates third party validation

Group Roundtable Discussion: What are you hoping to get out of the Storytelling Meetup calls? 

Some (anonymized) responses include:

  • Two minute updates, lessons learned, tips and tricks
  • Specific projects/initiatives I can go off and tackle
  • Key takeaways and actions that each attendee plans to take within the next 24-48 hours
  • Invite ESHIP Goal Champions to outline their storytelling needs.
  • Explore being on other goal Meetup calls to dialogue with those participants about their storytelling needs/opportunities

The call was recorded and can be watched here.

RELATED: Get the backstory on the ESHIP Storytelling Initiative

 

ESHIP Storytelling Calls: 4th Wednesday of each month @ 2:00pm CST

 

Next Storytelling Meetup Call

The next call will be Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at @ 2:00pm CST

Register to join the call

Topics of discussion will include:

General Updates

  • General news from the Ecosystem Storytelling Community
  • News from Kauffman and ESHIP

Project Team Updates

  • Report from 6.2/Storytelling Team
  • Report on Twitter ecosystem builder influencer list
  • Report on list of ecosystem builders to interview

Main Meetup Activity/Curated Content Community Call Questions

  • Two minute updates from attendees: What’s worked well, lessons learned, practical tips and tricks
  • Conversation with Goal 1 Champion. How can ESHIP storytelling help Goal 1?
  • Review & discuss ideas for supporting Goals 1 & 2
  • Relate key takeaways, actions each attendee plans to take within the next 24-48 hours
  • Homework Challenge: Find an ecosystem building story. Read it and be prepared to give a quick summary on the next call

Jeff Bennett

Editorial Director at Ecosystem Builder Hub https://jeff-bennett.medium.com/

Ecosystem Builder
Featured Original Content

Help Grow the Field of Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Building

Join a collaborative effort to design, create, and validate the advancement of the entrepreneurship ecosystem building field of practice. A small, but growing number of people are turning to entrepreneurial ecosystem building as a strategy to build more inclusive and resilient economies. For years, the leading standard bearer in this nascent movement was the Kauffman […]

Read More
Ecosystem Building Leadership Project Launch
Featured Original Content Press Release

A National Project to Advance Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Building

Leaders Across Thirty Plus National Entrepreneurship Support Organizations Come Together to Advance the Field of Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Building An initiative has launched to advance the entrepreneurship ecosystem building field of practice, hosted by the International Business Innovation Associate (InBIA), with funding and support by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The Ecosystem Building Leadership Project (EBLP) […]

Read More
Cultivating a Practice of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Ecosystem Building Programs
Inclusion & Diversity Inclusive Field Insights from the Field Original Content

Cultivating a Practice of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Ecosystem Building Programs

Cultivating a culture and practice of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) has become a core principle for entrepreneurial ecosystem builders. As part of the Insights from the Field campaign, I wanted to hear from other ecosystem builders in the field about their approaches to DEI, and hopefully identify specific techniques that they’ve incorporated in their […]

Read More