Globally Recognized Expert on Government Innovation Dr. Norman Jacknis to Keynote ICF Symposium Luncheon, Oct. 25

ICF Institute Inaugural Symposium “Seizing Our Destiny: Getting a Grip on the World Economic Shift”

North Canton, Ohio – Dr. Norman Jacknis will deliver the keynote address at the Walsh University Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) Institute Symposium luncheon Seizing Our Destiny: Getting a Grip on the World Economic Shift on Thursday, October 25, from 11:30 am to 1 pm, in the Barrette Business and Community Center on the campus of Walsh University. The cost is $25 per person and includes lunch. Registration is required. This event is a part of the Walsh inaugural ICF Institute for the Study of the Intelligent Community Symposium, October 24-25. Registration is available at

Dr. Jacknis, Director, Cisco’s IBSG Public Sector Group is a globally recognized expert in government innovation and transformation. Government Technology Magazine selected him as one of the Nation’s “Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers who, using technology…broke bureaucratic inertia to better serve the public.” At Cisco, he has worked extensively and in-depth with the National Association of Counties and the US Conference of Mayors in the development of a strategy for the economic viability of American cities in 2030. In addition to his work on economic development, he has also worked with governments on the creation of collaborative environments for citizens to deliver public services.

The ICF Institute Symposium is a one-of-a-kind event that will bring business executives, international political leaders, highly-respected educators and local partners together to explore new models for re-energizing communities, schools and economies. Walsh's ICF Institute for the Study of the Intelligent Community will also welcome its esteemed international Board of Advisors on Wednesday, Oct. 24 to help launch and participate in this inaugural annual symposium.

In addition to the Keynote Luncheon, the Symposium will feature two additional presentations that are free and open to the public.

Thursday October 25, 8 AM – 11:00 AM Workshop (Free)
Seizing Our Destiny: Imagining New Models for Educating Our Communities
Barrette Business and Community Center
Participants will be inspired by game-changing ideas of TED-Ed director Logan Smalley, The Third Teacher's Christian Long, and Riverside California's Ramona High School in a dynamic solutions-driven exploration of "A World Without Schools"

Thursday October 25, 2012 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM ... in the round (Free)
Seizing Our Destiny: The Triple Helix Model for Transforming Local Economies
Birk Center for the Arts
In a fun, open and interactive style, Institute panelists Mayor Dan Mathieson, Stratford Ontario, CIO Steve Reneker, and Case Western Reserve VP Lev Gonick will weigh in on the critical roles and collaborative strategies of government, business and education that are paramount to re-energizing communities for our global knowledge economy. Participants, along with other ICF thought leaders from around the world, will be encouraged to engage in the conversation.

The ICF Inaugural Symposium is supported by a generous grant from the Herbert W. Hoover Foundation.
For more information, contact Karen Khourey at or (330) 490-7111.

The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) is a nonprofit think tank that focuses in job creation and economic development in the broadband economy, for the local economy, both large and small, in the developing and developed economies of the world.

The Walsh University Institute for the study of the Intelligent Community will provide resource for local and regional communities interested in this movement to connect to over 100 international partner communities, a venue for thought leaders from around the world to share ideas and solutions, and an exploration of new models for the preparation of educators for the knowledge economy.

Walsh University is an independent, co-educational Catholic liberal arts and sciences institution that promotes academic excellence and diversity and provides close faculty-student interaction. It is dedicated to teaching its more than 3,000 students from 15 states and 24 countries to become leaders in service to others through a values-based education with an international perspective in the Judeo-Christian tradition.

Director of Operations, Intelligent Community Forum

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