By: Don Macke, e2 Entrepreneurial Ecosystems
While we all hope that the COVID-19 Pandemic and associated recession ends quickly and a new normal emerges this summer, chances of this happening appear less likely with the threat of virus resurgence, prolonged economic recession and now rising civil unrest. While coping with the stress of the current crisis, it is not too soon to think about how we restart our economies, continue with smart economic and social recovery, and how we can grow more resilient economies and communities into the future. Our more than 40 years of work throughout North America has led us to believe that fostering grassroots entrepreneurship is foundational to a successful restart, recovery, and resiliency campaign. This month our paper, Planning for a Post Pandemic World, Lessons from the Great Recession and Other Economic Crises, provides new thinking on how Americans can make themselves whole, vision and grow more equitable and better economies, and create opportunities for all who live in our communities.
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NetWork Kansas is the home for e2 Entrepreneurial Ecosystems, which is led by Don Macke, who has more than 40 years of community economic development and policy experience. The partnership between NetWork Kansas and e2 Entrepreneurial Ecosystems provides a platform to offer learning institutes, a consulting network, analytics support and mentoring to benefit the entrepreneurs, small businesses, resource partners and communities in Kansas as well as nationally.